Ingalls History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Ingalls surname is an English name with Norse roots, deriving from either of two Old Norse personal names "Ingjaldr," or from "Ingólfr" ‘Ing's wolf’ (Ing was an ancient Germanic fertility god). Some instances of this name in Britain are thought to have evolved from the place name Ingol, in Lancashire, which is named from the Old English personal name Inga with the Old English word "holh," meaning a "hollow," or "depression." Another source claims the name was derived from "a Scandinavian personal name, retained in the designations of Ingleby, Inglesham, Ingleton, Ingoldsthorpe, Ingoldsby, and other parishes and places, lying chiefly in what are called the Danish counties. The Domesday form is Ingaldus. " [1]

Early Origins of the Ingalls family

The surname Ingalls was first found in either Somerset or Huntingdonshire where the first recordings of the family were listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 Edmund Ingold, in Somerset and Cecilia de Ingolde in Huntingdonshire. [2]

Early History of the Ingalls family

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Ingalls Spelling Variations

Spelling variations are extremely common among Scottish names dating from this era because the arts of spelling and translation were not yet standardized. Spelling was done by sound, and translation from Gaelic to English was generally quite careless. In different records, Ingalls has been spelled Ingle, Ingall, Ingalls, Ingal, Ingals, Ingull, Ingulls, Inggall, Inggalls, Ingold, Ingolds, Ingles, Ingoll, Ingolls, Ingill and many more.

Early Notables of the Ingalls family (pre 1700)

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United States Ingalls migration to the United States +

Those who made the voyage were greeted with ample opportunity to acquire land and a political climate far away from the oppressive monarchy of the old country. They settled along the east coast of what would become Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence, those who remained loyal to England traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, many Scots living in North America have begun to recover their rich heritage through festivals, highland games, and Clan societies. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Ingalls:

Ingalls Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edmond Ingalls (1586-1648), from Lincolnshire, England he arrived at Salem Massachusetts with Governor John Endicott in 1628, he later founded Lynn, Massachusetts
  • Edmund Ingalls, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1629 [3]
  • Francis Ingalls, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1629 [3]
  • Edmond and Francis Ingalls, who settled in Lynn Massachusetts in 1635
  • Samuel Ingalls, who landed in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1665 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Ingalls Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Solomon and John Ingalls, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1820 and 1822 respectively
  • John Ingalls, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1849 [3]
  • J W Ingalls, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [3]
  • J. W. R. Ingalls settled in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • George Ingalls, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1875 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ingalls (post 1700) +

  • Joyce Elaine Ingalls (1950-2015), American actress and model, best known for her roles in Paradise Alley in 1978 and Lethal Weapon 4 in 1998
  • Laura Louise Colby Ingalls (1810-1883), American real life "Grandma" in Wilder's Little House in the Big Woods
  • Lansford Whiting Ingalls (1812-1896), Canadian-born, American real life "Grandpa" in Wilder's Little House in the Big Woods
  • Charles Phillip Ingalls (1836-1902), American father of Laura Ingalls Wilder, known for her Little House on the Prairie series of books
  • Rufus Ingalls (1818-1893), American military general, the 16th Quartermaster General of the United States Army
  • Melville Ezra "M.E." Ingalls (1842-1914), American state legislator for Massachusetts, President of the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad
  • Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957), American author who wrote the Little House series of books based on her childhood in a pioneer family
  • Jeremiah Ingalls (1764-1838), one of the first American composers
  • James Monroe Ingalls (1837-1927), American soldier and an authority on ballistics
  • Daniel Henry Holmes Ingalls Sr. (1916-1999), American Wales Professor of Sanskrit at Harvard University
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Richard Fitch Ingalls, American Ship's Cook Third Class from New York, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [4]
  • Mr. Theodore A Ingalls, American Ship's Cook Third Class from New York, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [4]


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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