The McBeal surname is thought to have been created from one of the places so named (in Northumberland
, and in West Yorkshire). The place name derives from the Old English "beo," meaning "bee" and "hyll," meaning "hill." There is also a Norman name McBeal derived from the Old French "bel."
Early Origins of the McBeal family
The surname McBeal was first found in Northumberland
. Today Beeley is a village and civil parish in the Derbyshire
Dales district of northern Derbyshire
, near Bakewell. In the Domesday Book
, the place name was listed as Begelie CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the McBeal family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McBeal research.Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1203, 1651, 1608, 1683, 1621, 1684, 1660, 1664, 1665, 1632, 1699 and 1674 are included under the topic Early McBeal History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McBeal Spelling Variations
During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. McBeal occurred in many references, and spelling variations
of the name found included Beal, Beale, Beall, Bealle, Beel, Beele, Beales, Bealer and many more.
Early Notables of the McBeal family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was William Beale (died 1651), an English Royalist churchman, Master in turn of Jesus College, Cambridge and St John's College, Cambridge; John Beale (c.1608-1683), an English clergyman, scientific writer, and early Fellow of the Royal Society; Sir John Beale... Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McBeal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McBeal family to the New World and Oceana
Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland
many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of illness and the elements, were buried at sea. In North America, early immigrants bearing the family name McBeal, or a spelling variation of the surname include: William Beal, who came to Massachusetts in 1621; John Beal from Old Hingham in England
who settled and named Hingham, Massachusetts in 1636; he had five sons and three daughters.