The earliest origins of the Teerle surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member 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 Teerle refers to an individual who resembled a water-bird or duck in some way.
Early Origins of the Teerle family
The surname Teerle 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 Teerle family
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Teerle Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Teerle are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Teerle include: Teale, Teal and others.
Early Notables of the Teerle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Teerle family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Teerle or a variant listed above: 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 Teerle 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.