culture once found in Britain is the soil from which the many generations of the Coals family have grown. The name Coals was given to a member of the family who was a person with a dark complexion. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word
which meant dark.
from ancient times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coals research.Another 43 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1608, 1688, 1616, 1697, 1659 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Coals History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Coals family name include Coles, Coals and others.
Some of the Coals family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Coals surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Robert Coles who settled in Warwick, coming with Winthrop's fleet to Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1630. He was made a freeman in 1631. He was one of the original purchasers of Warwick, and the Providence Plantations in Rhode Island..