The name Teall is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It was a name for someone who was 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 Teall refers to an individual who resembled a water-bird or duck in some way.
Early Origins of the Teall family
The surname Teall was first found in Somerset
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Teall family
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Teall Spelling Variations
Teall has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Teall have been found, including Teale, Teal and others.
Early Notables of the Teall family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Teall family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Tealls to arrive on North American shores:
Teall Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Teall, who settled in Virginia in 1654
Contemporary Notables of the name Teall (post 1700)
- William W. Teall, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Syracuse, New York, 1845-49
- Graham L. Teall, American Democrat politician, Chair of Washtenaw County Democratic Party, 2003-06
- Girvan Teall, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Vienna, 1926-27; Corinto, 1932; Barranquilla, 1938
- Edward H. Teall, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1936
- Sir Martin Teall Flett, Director, Decca Ltd
The Teall 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 Translation: Faithfully.