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Where did the English Heal family come from? What is the English Heal family crest and coat of arms? When did the Heal family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Heal family history?

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.

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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.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say after the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. They were conjecturally descended from Erchenbald, who held the lands from the Count of Mortain, as recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086.


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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.

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Another 171 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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


  • Julian Heal, who landed in Maryland in 1658

Heal Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Mattys Gorg Heal, who landed in New York in 1709

Heal Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • William Heal, aged 45, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Elijah Heal, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1853

Heal Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William H. Heal, aged 37, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • Louisa Heal, aged 35, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • Alfred Heal, aged 11, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • Louisa H. Heal, aged 9, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • Emma Heal, aged 5, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874


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  • John Daniel Heal (1825-1908), English-born, Australian politician, alderman and mayor of Brisbane, Australia
  • Marc Heal (b. 1965), English musician
  • Sir Ambrose Heal (1872-1959), English furniture designer and businessman
  • Stan "Pops" Heal (1920-2010), Australian rules footballer
  • Sylvia Heal (b. 1942), British Member of Parliament, former Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons
  • Shane Heal (b. 1970), Australian basketball player
  • Robert Heal, Canadian author
  • Aaron Heal (b. 1983), Australian cricketer


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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.

This page was last modified on 13 June 2013 at 08:51.

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