tribes of Britain. Needle was originally a name given to someone who worked as a maker of needles. The surname Needle is derived from the Old English word
since ancient times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Needle research.Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1221, 1235, 1273, 1309, 1313, 1320, 1327, 1362, 1420, 1563, 1616, 1620, 1667, 1685, and 1760 are included under the topic Early Needle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Needle are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Needle include: Needle, Needles, Needell, Needdele, Nadal, Nadle, Needler, Nedler, Nedlere, Neelder, Nelder, Neldere, Nadler, Nadlere, Nayldor, Neilder, Needlemaker and many more.
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Needle or a variant listed above:
Needle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Joseph Needle, age 40, who settled in Philadelphia in 1753