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Where did the English Beal family come from? What is the English Beal family crest and coat of arms? When did the Beal family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Beal family history?

The Beal surname is thought to have been created from one of the places so named (in Northumberland, and in West Yorkshire). The place name derives from the Old English "beo," meaning "bee" and "hyll," meaning "hill." There is also a Norman name Beal derived from the Old French "bel."

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Although the name, Beal, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Beal, Beale, Beall, Bealle, Beel, Beele, Beales, Bealer and many more.

First found in Northumberland. Today Beeley is a village and civil parish in the Derbyshire Dales district of northern Derbyshire, near Bakewell. In the Domesday Book, the place name was listed as Begelie [1]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beal research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1203, 1651, 1608, 1683, 1621, 1684, 1660, 1664, 1665, 1632, 1699 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Beal History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 169 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Beal family name Beal, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Beal Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • William Beal, who came to Massachusetts in 1621
  • William Beal, who landed in Massachusetts in 1621
  • Joseph Beal, who landed in New Hampshire in 1630
  • Thomas Beal, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1634
  • John Beal from Old Hingham in England who settled and named Hingham, Massachusetts in 1636; he had five sons and three daughters


Beal Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Edward Beal, who arrived in Jamaica in 1723
  • George Beal, who came to New England in 1726
  • George Beal, who arrived in New England in 1726
  • Henry Beal, who landed in New Jersey in 1750
  • Heinrich Beal, who landed in New Jersey in 1750


Beal Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Alexander B Beal, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850
  • Mrs. A Beal, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • B W Beal, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • R L Beal, who landed in Mississippi in 1876
  • Bertram Noel Beal, who arrived in Colorado in 1894

Beal Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Sami Beal, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Beal Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Frederick Beal, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Beal Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Beal, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • William Beal, aged 28, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "North"

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  • Jack Beal (1931-2013), American realist painter
  • Eula Beal (1919-2008), American contralto
  • Jeremy Beal (b. 1987), American football defensive end for the Denver Broncos
  • Frank Beal (1862-1934), American actor and film director of the silent era
  • Doug Beal (b. 1947), American volleyball player and coach, current USA Volleyball CEO, member of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
  • Bradley Emmanuel Beal (b. 1993), American professional NBA basketball guard
  • Andrew Beal (b. 1952), American billionaire businessman, founder and chairman of Beal Bank and Beal Aerospace Technologies
  • John Beal (b. 1947), American Hollywood composer, known for composing the music for numerous hit television series, such as Vega$ and Eight Is Enough
  • Gifford Beal (1879-1956), American watercolorist, printmaker and muralist
  • Jeff Beal (b. 1963), American three-time Primetime Emmy Award winning composer of music for film, television, recordings, and the concert hall

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  • Coombs-Beal-Higgins Family History by Virginia L. Higgins Rose.
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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The Beal Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Beal Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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