Teal History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Teal has a history dating as far back as the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was referred to as the teal. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. In the Middle Ages, anthropomorphic ideas, which attributed human qualities and form to gods or animals, were held about the characters of other living creatures. They were based on the creature's habits. Moreover, these associations were reflected in folk tales, mythology, and legends which portrayed animals behaving as humans. In this case the surname Teal refers to an individual who resembled a water-bird or duck in some way.

Early Origins of the Teal family

The surname Teal was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Teal family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Teal research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1192 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Teal History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Teal Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Teal have been found, including Teale, Teal and others.

Early Notables of the Teal family (pre 1700)

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United States Teal migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Teal, or a variant listed above:

Teal Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christian Teal, who settled in Maryland in 1763
Teal Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Teal, who landed in Texas in 1835 [1]
  • John Teal, aged 35, who arrived in Missouri in 1845 [1]
  • George Teal, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • Jonas Teal, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1852 [1]
  • Harriet Teal, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1895
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Teal Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Elizabeth E. Teal, aged 48, who immigrated to America from London, in 1903
  • Alfred Teal, aged 27, who landed in America from London, in 1903
  • Fred Teal, aged 50, who settled in America from Halifax, in 1903
  • Danis Teal, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Keighley, in 1904
  • Charles Teal, aged 24, who settled in America from Leeds, in 1905
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Teal migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Teal Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Teal, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1858
  • Martha Teal, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1858

Contemporary Notables of the name Teal (post 1700) +

  • William N. Teal, American politician, Mayor of Lafayette, Indiana, 1937, 1952
  • Sharon Teal, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2004
  • Loren B. Teal, American politician, Candidate for Secretary of State of Michigan, 1918
  • John Teal, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 61st District, 1976
  • Howard M. Teal, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, 1948-53 (acting, 1948-53)
  • Ernest E. Teal, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Avoca, Pennsylvania, 1884-86
  • Elmer Teal, American Republican politician, Confectioner; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1912
  • Carol Teal, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1996, 2008
  • Jefferson Bradley Teal (b. 1960), retired American professional ice hockey forward
  • Willie Teal (b. 1957), former American football cornerback
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Teal Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fideliter
Motto Translation: Faithfully.


  1. ^ 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)


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