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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."
The surname Beal was 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 
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.
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
Another 169 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
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"
- 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
- Coombs-Beal-Higgins Family History by Virginia L. Higgins Rose.
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- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
- Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
- Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
- Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
- Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
- Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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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