The history of the Heales family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Norfolk
. The surname Heal
was a topographic name indicating that its bearer lived in or near a nook or hollow.
Early Origins of the Heales family
The surname Heales 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
They were conjecturally descended from Erchenbald, who held the lands from the Count of Mortain, as recorded in the Domesday Book
Early History of the Heales family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heales 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 Heales History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Heales Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Heal, Heale, Heales, Hele and others.
Early Notables of the Heales family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Elize Hele or Elizeus Hele (1560-1635), an English lawyer and philanthropist, founder Hele's School, Devon; Sir Thomas Hele, 1st Baronet (c.
1595-1670), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons of England
between 1626 and 1670 who... Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heales Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Heales family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Heales or a variant listed above were: John Heale who settled in Virginia in 1663; Abigail Heale settled in Virginia in 1654; William Heale settled in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1620; William Hele settled in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1635.