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The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 brought the Veal family name to the British Isles. Veal is a name for a calf-heard which was in turn derived from the Old French word veel, meaning calf.

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Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Veale, Veal, Viall, Vile, Viell and others.

First found in Gloucestershire where two knights by the name De Vile were honored in the Honour Roll of Battle Abbey in 1066 and were granted lands in that shire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Veal research. Another 188 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Veal History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Veal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Veal family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 120 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Veal or a variant listed above:

Veal Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James and Ann Veal settled in Portland, Me, in 1820
  • Frederick Kingsbury Veal, who arrived in Iowa in 1884

Veal Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Nicholas Veal was a Cooper of St. John's, Newfoundland in 1776

Veal Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Richard Veal arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847
  • Susan Veal arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Theresa" in 1847
  • Richard Veal, aged 26, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Calabar"
  • John Veal, aged 23, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham"
  • William Veal, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nile"


Veal Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James B. Veal, aged 14, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Inverness" in 1875
  • Mary Veal, aged 35, a servant, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Inverness" in 1875
  • Henry Veal, aged 11, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Inverness" in 1875
  • Frank Veal, aged 32, a mason, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879
  • Gratitude Veal, aged 26, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879


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  • Mr. James Veal (d. 1912), aged 40, American Second Class passenger from Barre, Vermont who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Orville Inman "Coot" Veal (b. 1932), American former Major League Baseball shortstop
  • Donald Tyrone Veal (b. 1984), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Chicago White Sox
  • J. Holliday Veal, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 1964
  • Don-Terry Veal, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Louisiana 2nd District, 1998
  • Mr. Thomas H.E. Veal (d. 1912), aged 38, English First Class Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Arthur Veal (d. 1912), aged 36, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Jennifer Veal (b. 1991), English actress from Coventry, best known for her role as Agatha on the Disney Channel sitcom Jessie
  • Mr. Frederick Guy Veal, British Chief Petty Officer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. George  Veal (1896-1917), Canadian Wireless Operator aboard the HMCS Niobe from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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The Veal Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Veal Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 24 November 2015 at 10:46.

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