Show ContentsTeal 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. [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Teal family

The surname Teal was first found in Nottinghamshire where Ralph Tele was recorded in the Pipe Rolls of 1201. Later, Robert Tele was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Worcestershire in 1275 and German le Tele was recorded in the Subisdy Rolls for Essex in 1327. [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had two listings for the family, both found in Cambridgeshire: Matilda Tele; and Martin Tele. [4]

In Somerset, John Teel was listed there 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) [5]

Early History of the Teal family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Teal research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1192, 1720, 1749, 1790, 1800, 1867, 1862, 1833, 1864, 1861 and 1863 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)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Thomas Pridgin Teale FRS (1800-1867), the British eminent surgeon, elected a Fellow of the Royal Society on 5 June 1862. His father Thomas Teale and his son Thomas Pridgin Teale were...
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Teal Ranking

In the United States, the name Teal is the 3,762nd most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [6]


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 [7]
  • John Teal, aged 35, who arrived in Missouri in 1845 [7]
  • George Teal, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [7]
  • Jonas Teal, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1852 [7]
  • 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.)

Australia Teal migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Teal Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Teal, (b. 1807), aged 15, English convict who was convicted in York, Yorkshire, England for life for burglary, transported aboard the "Eliza" on 13th July 1822, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [8]

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 Democratic Party 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 Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 61st District, 1976
  • Howard M. Teal, American Democratic Party 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 Democratic Party 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. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  6. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  7. ^ 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)
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th February 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/eliza


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