Tearle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Tearle surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name originated with an early member 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 Tearle refers to an individual who resembled a water-bird or duck in some way.

Early Origins of the Tearle family

The surname Tearle 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 Tearle family

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

Tearle Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Tearle has been recorded under many different variations, including Teale, Teal and others.

Early Notables of the Tearle family (pre 1700)

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Australia Tearle migration to Australia +

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

Tearle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Charles Tearle, aged 27, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Eliza" [1]
  • Charles Tearle, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eliza" in 1849 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Tearle (post 1700) +

  • Conway Tearle (1878-1938), American stage actor who performed in silent and early sound films
  • Sir Godfrey Seymour Tearle (1884-1953), American-born, British actor who typically portrayed the quintessential Englishman on stage and film


The Tearle 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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELIZA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Eliza.htm


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