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Origins Available: English, Scottish


The history of the name Steele begins with the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. This Norman name was soon thereafter given to 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.

Steele Early Origins



The surname Steele 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.

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Steele Spelling Variations


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Steele Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Steele family name include Steele, Steill, Steel, Steal and others.

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Steele Early History


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Steele Early History



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

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Steele Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Steele Early Notables (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 Steele Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Steele In Ireland


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Steele In Ireland



Some of the Steele 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Steele family to immigrate North America:

Steele Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James, Mary, Rachel, and Joan Steele settled in Nantasket Massachusetts in 1631
  • George Steele, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1631-1632
  • Henry Steele, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1632
  • Jeffery Steele, who arrived in Virginia in 1633
  • Thomas Steele settled in Virginia in 1638
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Steele Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Geo Steele, who landed in Virginia in 1706
  • Mary Steele, who arrived in Virginia in 1711
  • Andrew Steele, who arrived in Maine in 1776
  • Jos Steele, who landed in Virginia in 1788
  • Benjamin Steele, who arrived in Mississippi in 1799
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Steele Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Philip Millington Steele, who landed in America in 1806
  • Archibald Steele, aged 37, arrived in Maine in 1812
  • Arthur Steele, aged 40, landed in New York in 1812
  • John Steele, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • S Steele, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1821
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Steele Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Steele, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • William Steele, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • William Steele, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John Steele, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • John Steele settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1762 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Steele Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Andrew William Steele arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Nicol" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM NICOL. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840WilliamNichol.htm
  • Theresa Nell Steele arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Nicol" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM NICOL. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840WilliamNichol.htm
  • Samuel Steele, aged 23, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Wellington" in 1849
  • James Steele, aged 36, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon"
  • Jamieson Steele, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon"

Steele Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George S. Steele arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
  • David Steele arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andrew Jackson" in 1865
  • Janet Steele arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andrew Jackson" in 1865
  • Margaret Steele, aged 25, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "India" in 1875
  • Alexander Steele, aged 21, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "India" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Steele (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Steele (post 1700)



  • William Mitchell "Bill" Steele (1885-1949), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1910 through 1914
  • William O. Steele (1917-1979), American author, best known for his book The Perilous Road, which won the Newbery Medal in 1959
  • William Randolph Steele (1842-1901), American politician, Delegate from the Territory of Wyoming (1873-1877)
  • Fletcher Steele (1859-1971), American landscape architect
  • Allen Mulherin Steele Jr. (b. 1958), award-winning American science fiction author
  • Michael Stephen Steele (b. 1958), first African American chairman of the Republican National Committee, Lt. Governor of the State of Maryland (2003-2007)
  • John Frederick Steele (b. 1946), former English first class cricketer for Leicestershire
  • Right Hon. Thomas Steele (b. 1823), English politician, MP for Chichester
  • Jason Sean Steele (b. 1990), English football goalkeeper
  • Air arshal Sir Charles Ronald Steele (1897-1973), English World War I flying ace credited with seven aerial victories
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Steele Historic Events


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Steele Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mrs. Elizabeth Steele (1880-1914), née Flood Canadian Third Class Passenger from Brantford, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Miss Lily Ada Steele (1874-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Brantford, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Master James Steele (1914-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Brantford, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Miss Nora Mary Steele (1908-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Brantford, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Roy McLellan Morgan Steele (1921-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Joseph W Steele (b. 1923), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Bootle, Cumberland, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Alexander Steele (b. 1921), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from kirkdale, Liverpool, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Steele, British, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Steele, British Engine Room Artificer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Simeon Steele, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Douglas Steele, British Leading Signalman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. George Steele, English 3rd Class passenger from England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Steele


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Suggested Readings for the name Steele



  • The Steele Family in America by Steele Barnett.
  • The Moody-Steele and Allied Families by Ruby Moody Gamble.
  • Steele and Related Family Ancestry by Lewis L. Neubacher.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM NICOL. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840WilliamNichol.htm

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. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  11. ...

The Steele Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Steele 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 18 November 2016 at 14:16.

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