The ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture once found in Britain is the soil from which the many generations of the Theale family have grown. The name Theale was given to a member of the family 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 Theale refers to an individual who resembled a water-bird or duck in some way.
Early Origins of the Theale family
The surname Theale 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 Theale family
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Theale Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Theale family name include Teale, Teal and others.
Early Notables of the Theale family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Theale family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Theale surname or a spelling variation of the name include : 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 Theale 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.