Teale History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The earliest origins of the family name Teale date back to the Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name given to 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 Teale refers to an individual who resembled a water-bird or duck in some way.

Early Origins of the Teale family

The surname Teale 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 Teale family

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

Teale Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Teale include Teale, Teal and others.

Early Notables of the Teale family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Teale Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Teale migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Teale Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Weyan Teale, who settled in Virginia in 1727
  • Weyan Teale, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1727 [1]
Teale Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • D. Teale, who arrived in New York in 1823

Contemporary Notables of the name Teale (post 1700) +

  • Theodore C. Teale, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 17th District, 1890
  • Stephen P. Teale (b. 1916), American Democrat politician, Physician; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1956, 1960 (alternate), 1964; Member of California State Senate, 1958-66
  • James Teale, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1972
  • Edwin Way Teale (1899-1980), American naturalist, photographer, and Pulitzer Prize-winning (1966) writer
  • Shaun Teale (b. 1964), English former footballer and manager who played from 1988 to 2004 and managed from 2002 to 2006
  • Owen Nigel Courtney Teale (b. 1961), Welsh Tony Award winning actor
  • Leonard Teale AO (1922-1994), born Leonard George Thiele, Australian radio, television and film actor
  • Admiral Godfrey Teale, Chief Staff Officer
  • Gary Teale (b. 1978), Scottish footballer


The Teale 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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