The Leal surname is derived from the Spanish word "leal" meaning "faithful to obligations," and the name was no doubt originally born first as a nickname for someone with such qualities.
Early Origins of the Leal family
The surname Leal was first found in Granada, in southern Spain.
Early History of the Leal family
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Prominent among members of the family were the Leal families of Granada and Gallego. Bearers of this name were ennobled when they were made members of the... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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