Needles History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Needles surname lie with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name Needles began when someone in that family worked as a maker of needles. The surname Needles is derived from the Old English word nædlere, which means needler. This is in turn derived from the Old English word nædl, which means needle.

Early Origins of the Needles family

The surname Needles was first found in county Shropshire, where this distinguished family held a family seat since ancient times.

Early History of the Needles family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Needles 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 Needles History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Needles Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Needles has appeared include Needle, Needles, Needell, Needdele, Nadal, Nadle, Needler, Nedler, Nedlere, Neelder, Nelder, Neldere, Nadler, Nadlere, Nayldor, Neilder, Needlemaker and many more.

Early Notables of the Needles family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Needles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Needles migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Needles arrived in North America very early:

Needles Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Needles, who landed in Virginia in 1652 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Needles (post 1700) +

  • Thomas B. Needles, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1884 [2]
  • Belverd Earl Needles Jr., American accounting educator, Professor of Accounting at Kellstadt Graduate School of Business
  • James R. "Jimmy" Needles (1900-1969), American basketball coach, the first United States Olympic basketball coach in 1936
  • Sharon Needles (b. 1981), stage name of Aaron Coady, an American drag performer and recording artist
  • Ira George Needles (1893-1986), American-born, Canadian businessman and academic, President of B.F. Goodrich Canada in 1951, 2nd Chancellor of the University of Waterloo (1966 to 1975), father of George William Needles
  • Carl F. Needles, American physician who co-identified Melnick-Needles syndrome (MNS)
  • George William Needles CM, LL.D (1919-2016), American-born, Canadian actor and teacher, best known for his many Shakespearean roles, member of the acting company of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival since its inception
  • Dan Needles CM, Canadian playwright, winner of the 2003 Stephen Leacock Medal

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 10) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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