The ancient history of the name Steeles began soon after 1066 when the Norman Conquest
occurred. It was a name 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.
Early Origins of the Steeles family
The surname Steeles 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 Steeles family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Steeles 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 Steeles History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Steeles Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Steeles are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Steeles include Steele, Steill, Steel, Steal and others.
Early Notables of the Steeles 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 Steeles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Steeles family to Ireland
Some of the Steeles 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 Steeles family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Steeles, or a variant listed above: Clement Steel settled in Virginia in 1651; followed by Isaac in 1683; Isaack Steel settled in Barbados in 1683; James Steel settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1766.