The Beels 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 Beels derived from the Old French "bel."
Early Origins of the Beels family
The surname Beels 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 CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Beels family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beels 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 Beels History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Beels Spelling Variations
The name Beels, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Beal, Beale, Beall, Bealle, Beel, Beele, Beales, Bealer and many more.
Early Notables of the Beels family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was William Beale (died 1651), 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... Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beels Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Beels family to the New World and Oceana
The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland
, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Beels family, or who bore a variation of the surname Beels were William Beal, who came to Massachusetts in 1621; John Beal from Old Hingham in England
who settled and named Hingham, Massachusetts in 1636; he had five sons and three daughters.