Origins Available: English
Steal is a name whose history dates possibly as far back as 1066 when the Normans
first arrived in Britain following their Conquest of the island. It was a name for a person who was strong or reliable.
The surname Steele
is a metaphor likening the constitution of its bearer to the hard metal of the same name.
Early Origins of the Steal family
The surname Steal was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times where they were Lords of the manor of Giddy Hall near Sandbach, and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. They were conjecturally descended from Bigot de Loges, a Norman noble who attended King William at the Battle of Hastings. However, William the Conqueror suppressing an uprising by his northern nobles in 1070, laid waste all of Sandbach, a large district in Cheshire
, and the family moved north to Scotland.
Early History of the Steal family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Steal research.Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1259, 1524, 1637, 1610, 1680, 1643, 1616, 1662 and 1697 are included under the topic Early Steal History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Steal Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Steal include Steele, Steill, Steel, Steal and others.
Early Notables of the Steal family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Steele (1610-1680), English lawyer and politician from Sandbach, Cheshire, Lord Chancellor of Ireland
, grandfather of Sir Richard Steele of Dublin; Thomas... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Steal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Steal family to Ireland
Some of the Steal family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 185 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Steal family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Steals to arrive on North American shores:
Steal Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- James Steal, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Steal Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mrs. Steal, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
- William Steal, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
Steal Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Isabella Steal, aged 20, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"