Beall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Beall 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 Beall derived from the Old French "bel."

Early Origins of the Beall family

The surname Beall 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 [1]

Also in Northumberland, Beal with Lowlin is a township, in the parish of Kyloe, union of Berwick-Upon-Tweed, in Islandshire. [2] Bealon-the-Hill, is a hamlet in north Durham, close to the sea. "In Testa de Nevill it is spelt Behil, and it is recorded there that Gilbert de Behil held it of the see of Durham." [3]

Raine's History and Antiquities of North Durham notes Thomas de Behil there in 1382 and Laurence Beil in 1517.

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 noted Willelmus Beall as holding lands there at that time. [3]

Important Dates for the Beall family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beall research. Another 61 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1203, 1541, 1601, 1651, 1608, 1683, 1621, 1684, 1660, 1664, 1665, 1632, 1699, 1674, 1632, 1697 and 1632 are included under the topic Early Beall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Beall Spelling Variations

During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Beall occurred in many references, and spelling variations of the name found included Beal, Beale, Beall, Bealle, Beel, Beele, Beales, Bealer and many more.

Early Notables of the Beall family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Robert Beale (1541-1601), and English diplomatist and antiquary, said to have been descended from a family settled at Woodbridge in Suffolk. [4] William Beale (died 1651), was an English Royalist churchman, Master in turn of Jesus College, Cambridge and St John's College, Cambridge; John Beale (c.1608-1683), an English clergyman, scientific writer, and early Fellow of the Royal Society; Sir John Beale (1621-1684)...
Another 71 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Beall migration to the United States

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 illness and the elements, were buried at sea. In North America, early immigrants bearing the family name Beall, or a spelling variation of the surname include:

Beall Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Beall, who landed in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1638 [5]
  • Ninian Beall, who arrived in Maryland in 1652 [5]
  • Thomas Beall, who landed in Maryland in 1659 [5]
  • Robert Beall, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 [5]
  • William Beall, who landed in Maryland in 1664 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Beall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James M Beall, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Beall (post 1700)

  • Lloyd James Beall (1808-1887), United States Army officer and paymaster of U.S. Army, Commandant of the Confederate States Marine Corps
  • John Woolf Beall (1882-1926), American Major League Baseball outfielder who played from 1913 to 1918
  • John Yates Beall (1835-1865), American Confederate privateer in the American Civil War
  • James T. "Jim" Beall Jr. (b. 1951), American Democratic politician, Member of the California State Senate (2012-)
  • James Glenn Beall (1894-1971), American businessman and politician, United States Senator from Maryland (1953-1965)
  • James Andrew "Jack" Beall (1866-1929), American politician, United States Congressman from Texas (1903-1915)
  • George Beall (1729-1807), American landowner in Maryland and Georgetown in what is now Washington, D.C
  • Daryl Beall (b. 1946), American politician, Member of the Iowa Senate (2003-)
  • Robert Brooks Beall (b. 1948), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1975 to 1980
  • Samuel Beall Jr. (1807-1868), American politician, 2nd Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin (1850-1852)
  • ... (Another 38 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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