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The name Heal reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Heal family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Heal family lived in Norfolk. The surname Heal was a topographic name indicating that its bearer lived in or near a nook or hollow.
The surname Heal was first found in Devon where they held a manor in the parish of Bradninch. One of the first on record was Roger De la Heale who was lord of Heale, temp. Henry III.  They were conjecturally descended from Erchenbald, who held the lands from the Count of Mortain, as recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086.
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Heal, Heale, Heales, Hele and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heal research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1130, 1234, 1601, 1627, 1560, 1635, 1595, 1670, 1626, 1670, 1630, 1665, 1661, 1665, 1626, 1661, 1659 and 1661 are included under the topic Early Heal History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 171 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Heal name or one of its variants:
Heal Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Heal Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Heal Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Heal Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Heal Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Heal Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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