Qualls History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The origins of the Qualls name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in the county of Norfolk. Qualls is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. In this case the Qualls family lived at the quarel, which simply meant that the family resided near a quarry.
Early Origins of the Qualls family
The surname Qualls was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Qualls family
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Qualls Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Qualls were recorded, including Quarles, Quarell, Quarrells and others.
Early Notables of the Qualls family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Francis Quarles (1592-1644), an English poet, best known for his Emblem book aptly entitled Emblems; and John Quarles (1625-1665), an English poet, one of the eighteen children of...
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Migration of the Qualls family to Ireland
Some of the Qualls family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Qualls migration to the United States +
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Qualls family emigrate to North America:
Qualls Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Mabel M. Qualls, aged 23, who settled in America from Watford, England, in 1911
- Rosa Qualls, aged 11, who landed in America from Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies, in 1917
- Geo. L. Qualls, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1917
- Guy L. Qualls, aged 4, who arrived at Washington, D.C., in 1922
- Henry W. Qualls, aged 39, who immigrated to North Nashville, Tennessee in 1923
Contemporary Notables of the name Qualls (post 1700) +
- Roxanne Qualls (b. 1953), American politician, Democratic Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio from 1993 to 1999
- James Robert Qualls (b. 1946), American former Major League Baseball outfielder who played from 1969 to 1972
- Donald Joseph "DJ" Qualls (b. 1978), American Screen Actors Guild Award nominated actor, known for his roles in The New Guy (2002), Hustle & Flow (2005)
- Chadford Michael "Chad" Qualls (b. 1978), American Major League Baseball relief pitcher for the Miami Marlins
- Roxanne Qualls, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio, 1993-99; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1996; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Ohio 1st District, 1998 
- Frank Qualls, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1960 
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