Daniels History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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One of the most common classes of Scottish surnames is the patronymic surname, which arose out of the vernacular and religious naming traditions. The vernacular or regional naming tradition is the oldest and most pervasive type of patronymic surname. According to this custom, names were originally composed of vocabulary elements from the local language. Patronymic surnames of this type were usually derived from the personal name of the original bearer's father. The surname Daniels is derived from the ancient name Daniel, which means God has judged.
Early Origins of the Daniels family
The surname Daniels was first found in Gloucestershire where Alicia Daniel was one of the first records of the name was found temp. Henry III to Edward I. Simon Danyel was later found in Somerset.  "The church [of Beckingon, Somerset] contains the remains of Samuel Daniel, poet-laureate and historian, who died here in 1619."  Some of the family were found in Yorkshire in early times. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Beatrix Danyell; Robertus Danyell; Thomas Daniell; Oliva Danyl; and Teffan Danyll.  "In Devonshire the name of Daniel is now best represented in the Holsworthy district. There was a John Daneyll, of "Brighe broke," in the hundred of Wonford, Devon, in the 13th century."  Up in Scotland, the surname recorded in Aberdeen as both a forename and surname. "Daniel, son of Herleuine, witnessed a charter by Uchtred, son of Fergus, lord of Galloway, c. 1166, and another early individual of the name gave origin to the ancient barony of Danzielstoun in the parish of Kilmalcolm. By the Gaels this name was adopted as an equivalent for Donald." 
Early History of the Daniels family
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Daniels Spelling Variations
Scottish surnames are distinguished by a multitude of spelling variations because, over the centuries, the names were frequently translated into and from Gaelic. Furthermore, the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent because medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. The different versions of a surname, such as the inclusion of the patronymic prefix "Mac", frequently indicated a religious or Clan affiliation or even a division of the family. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into Scotland, accelerating accentuating the alterations to various surnames. The name Daniels has also been spelled Daniels, Daniell, Daneil, Danyell, Danel, Daniers, Danyei and many more.
Early Notables of the Daniels family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family at this time was John Daniel, a 17th century musician, born in Somerset, England; Samuel Daniel (1562-1619), an English poet and historian famous for his sonnets; Jeffrey Daniel (1626-1681), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Marlborough (1660); John Daniel, ( fl. 1681), an English...
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Daniels migration to the United States +
Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Daniels, or a variant listed above:
Daniels Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Wentworth Daniels, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1640 
Daniels Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- William Daniels, who arrived in Mississippi in 1799 
Daniels migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Daniels Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Thomas Daniels, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia 
- Duggan Daniels, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia 
- James Daniels, English convict from Northampton, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia 
- Richard Daniels, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia 
- James Daniels, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia 
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Daniels migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Daniels Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Thomas Daniels, aged 35, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
- Miss Eliza Daniels, (b. 1850), aged 17, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship " Lancashire Witch" sailing to Auckland and Lyttelton, New Zealand on 29th July 1867 
- Miss Harriet Daniels, (b. 1847), aged 27, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Peter Denny" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 26th July 1874 
- Francis Daniels, aged 20, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
- Caroline Daniels, aged 26, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
Contemporary Notables of the name Daniels (post 1700) +
- Charles Edward "Charlie" Daniels (1936-2020), American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009, and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.
- David Daniels (1933-2020), American conductor and author from Penn Yan, New York
- Charles W. Daniels (1943-2019), American jurist, Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court from 2007 to 2018
- LaShawn Ameen Daniels (1977-2019), American Grammy Award winning songwriter, known for his work with Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Destiny’s Child, Michael Jackson,Toni Braxton, Jennifer Lopez, Whitney Houston and many more
- Isabelle Frances Daniels (1937-2017), American three-time gold and two-time silver medalist sprinter, active in the 1950s
- Melvin Joe Daniels (1944-2015), American professional basketball player, two-time ABA Most Valuable Player and a seven-time ABA All-Star, inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012
- Harold Jack Daniels (1927-2013), American Major League Baseball outfielder
- Bebe Daniels (1901-1971), American actress, singer, dancer, writer, producer and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
- Charles Meldrum Daniels (1885-1973), American freestyle swimmer, winner of five Olympic gold medals one sliver and two bronze 
- David Daniels (1933-2008), American visual poet
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Historic Events for the Daniels family +
Arrow Air Flight 1285
- Mr. Walter G Daniels (b. 1964), American Private 1st Class from Columbus, Ohio, USA who died in the crash 
- Mr. Charles G Daniels (b. 1918), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Lambeth, London, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking 
- Mr. Walter Frederick Daniels, British Shipwright 4th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking 
HMS Royal Oak
- George Daniels (1920-1939), British Stoker 2nd Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking 
- William Alan Daniels (1948-1988), American Research Chemist from Belle Mead, New Jersey, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died 
- Mr. Sidney Edward Daniels, aged 18, English Steward from Southsea, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in collapsible B 
- Miss Sarah Daniels, aged 33, Canadian First Class passenger from Montreal, Quebec who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 8 
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The Daniels Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nec timeo nec sperno
Motto Translation: I neither fear nor despise.
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- ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
- ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
- ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
- ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
- ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
- ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
- ^ Athletes - Famous Olympic Athletes, Medalists, Sports Heroes. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Charles Daniels. Retrieved from http://www.olympic.org/content/olympic-athletes/generic-athlete-page/?athleteid=58845
- ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550
- ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
- ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
- ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
- ^ Pan Am Flight 103's victims: A list of those killed 25 years ago | syracuse.com. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/pan_am_flight_103s_victims_a_list_of_those_killed_25_years_ago.html
- ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html