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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 nędlere, which means needler. This is in turn derived from the Old English word nędl, which means needle.

Needles Early Origins



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

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Needles Spelling Variations


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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.

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Needles Early History


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Needles Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Needles research. Another 381 words (27 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.

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Needles Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Needles Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Needles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Needles (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Needles (post 1700)



  • 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
  • Thomas B. Needles, American Republican politician,Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1884
  • Dan Needles CM, Canadian playwright, winner of the 2003 Stephen Leacock Medal

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. 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. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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    The Needles Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Needles Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 10 February 2016 at 14:05.

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