Nagel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The surname Nagel is derived from the Norman surname de Angulo. The Gaelic form of this surname is de Nógla.
Early Origins of the Nagel family
The surname Nagel was first found in at Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, SW Wales, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. The Nagel surname arrived Cork, where Gilbert D'Angulo accompanied Strongbow into Ireland in 1172.
Early History of the Nagel family
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Nagel Spelling Variations
Medieval scribes and church officials spelt names simply the way they sounded, which explains the various name spelling variations of the name Nagel that were encountered when researching that surname. The many spelling variations included: Nagle, Nangle, Neagle, Naigle, Naegle, Naigel, Nagell, Nagele, Naegell, Naigel, Naigell, Nagale, Naigall, Nanegle, Nangel, Nangell, Nangale, Naingale, Naingel, Naingle, O'Nagel, O'Nagle, O'Naigle and many more.
Early Notables of the Nagel family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family up to this time was Thomas Nangle, 15th Baron of Navan; and his son, John Nangle, 16th Baron of Navan (died before 1508), an Irish nobleman and courageous soldier who fought with distinction at the Battle of Knockdoe; Richard Nangle D.D., Irish prelate of the Provincial of the Order of Saint Augustine, Bishop of Clonfert (1536-1541); Nano...
In the United States, the name Nagel is the 3,196th most popular surname with an estimated 9,948 people with that name.  However, in Netherlands, the name Nagel is ranked the 783rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,456 people with that name. 
During the middle of the 19th century, Irish families often experienced extreme poverty and racial discrimination in their own homeland under English rule. Record numbers died of disease and starvation and many others, deciding against such a fate, boarded ships bound for North America. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Unfortunately, many of those Irish that arrived in Canada or the United States still experienced economic and racial discrimination. Although often maligned, these Irish people were essential to the rapid development of these countries because they provided the cheap labor required for the many canals, roads, railways, and other projects required for strong national infrastructures. Eventually the Irish went on to make contributions in the less backbreaking and more intellectual arenas of commerce, education, and the arts. Research early immigration and passenger lists revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Nagel:
Nagel Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Nagel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Nagel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Nagel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Non vox sed votum
Motto Translation: Not in voice but a wish.