Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name for a person who resembled a hedgehog. The surname Eals originally derived from the Old English word Il or Ille which referred to the hedgehog. Other alternative historical research refers to the sea creature Eel. This surname Eals belongs to a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames. Nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. Often nicknames described strong traits or attributes that people wished to emulate in a specific animal.
Early Origins of the Eals family
Norfolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Eals family
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Eals Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Eals have been found, including Eales, Eals and others.
Early Notables of the Eals family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Eals family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become powerful new nations. Among early immigrants of the Eals surname to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:
Eals Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
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