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Early Origins of the Settle family

The surname Settle was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Settle held by Norman noble Roger le Poitvan who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. Settle is a charming town on the River Ribble.

Early History of the Settle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Settle research. Another 46 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1900, 1575, 1593, 1575, 1648 and 1724 are included under the topic Early Settle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Settle Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Settle, Settles, Settel, Settels and others.

Early Notables of the Settle family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Settle (fl. 1575-1593), an English divine who matriculated as pensioner at Queens' College, Cambridge, in 1575, but left...
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Settle Ranking

In the United States, the name Settle is the 3,831st most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [2]

United States Settle migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Settle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Judith Settle, who landed in Virginia in 1641 [3]
  • Fran Settle, who arrived in Virginia in 1657 [3]
  • John Settle, who arrived in Virginia in 1660 [3]
  • John Settle, who settled in Virginia in 1666
  • James Settle, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682 [3]
Settle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Samawiele Settle, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 [3]
Settle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Catharine Settle, who settled in New York, NY in 1822
  • Edwin B. Settle, who settled in Galveston, TX in 1838
  • John A. Settle, who settled in Galveston, TX in 1838
  • Jacob Settle, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1868

Australia Settle migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Settle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Ann Settle, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Settle (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Settle III (1865-1919), American politician, U.S. Representative from North Carolina from 1893–1897
  • Thomas Settle II (1831-1888), American judge and politician in North Carolina
  • Thomas Settle I (1789-1857), American politician, U.S. Representative from North Carolina from 1817–1821
  • Mike Settle (b. 1941), American musician and journalist
  • Matthew Settle (b. 1969), American actor
  • Mary Lee Settle (1918-2005), American writer, winner of the National Book Award
  • Evan E. Settle (1848-1899), American politician from Kentucky
  • John R Settle (b. 1965), former professional American football player
  • Jimmy Settle (b. 1874), English footballer

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Vincent Settle, English 1st Class Cabin Bed Steward from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania (1915) and survived the sinking [5]

Suggested Readings for the name Settle +

  • The Settle-Suttle Family by William Emmet Reese.

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. 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)
  4. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1851 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from
  5. Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from on Facebook