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The ancient history of the name Steeles began soon after 1066 when the Norman Conquest of England 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.

Steeles Early Origins



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.

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Steeles Spelling Variations


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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.

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Steeles Early History


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Steeles Early History



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.

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Steeles Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Steeles 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 Steeles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Steeles In Ireland


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Steeles In 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.

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The Great Migration



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 and Ireland 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.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
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    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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    10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    11. ...

    The Steeles Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Steeles 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 20 June 2013 at 08:25.

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