Steely History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, the name Steely was first found in Britina. 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 Steely family

The surname Steely 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 Steely family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Steely research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1259, 1524, 1637, 1610, 1680, 1643, 1616, 1662, 1697, 1629, 1692, 1680, 1672, 1729 and are included under the topic Early Steely History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Steely 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 Steely 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 Steely include Steele, Steill, Steel, Steal and others.

Early Notables of the Steely 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 Steele (d. 1643), who was shot for surrendering Beeston Castle in the Civil War; and Laurence Steele (bap...
Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Steely Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Steely family to Ireland

Some of the Steely family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 98 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Steely migration to the United States +

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 Steely, or a variant listed above:

Steely Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Josephine Steely, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1896
Steely Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Josephine Steely, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States from Etival, in 1903
  • Paul Steely, aged 11, who settled in America from Etival, in 1903
  • Mary Steely, aged 19, who landed in America from Dunmore, Ireland, in 1909

Canada Steely migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Steely Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Tobias Steely U.E. who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1786 he served in the Royal Regiment of New York [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Steely (post 1700) +

  • Anne Rochelle "Shelly" Steely Ramirez (1962-1985), American gold medalist long-distance runner at the 1985 World Cross Country Championships
  • Marcus H. Steely, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 3rd District, 1922 [2]
  • Hugh C. Steely, American Republican politician, Candidate for Kentucky State Treasurer, 1955 [2]
  • Harlin M. Steely Jr., American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1948 [2]
  • Steely Terrell, American politician, Mayor of Corbin, Kentucky, 1959


  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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