The ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of England
produced the name of Teals. It was 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 Teals refers to an individual who resembled a water-bird or duck in some way.
Early Origins of the Teals family
The surname Teals 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 Teals family
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Teals Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Teals has appeared include Teale, Teal and others.
Early Notables of the Teals family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Teals family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Teals arrived in North America very early: Thomas Teall settled in Virginia in 1654; Christian Teal settled in Maryland in 1763; Weyan Teale settled in Virginia in 1727; D. Teale arrived in New York in 1823..
The Teals 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.