Veal History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Veal family

The surname Veal was 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.

In later years, to the far south in Cornwall another branch of the family was found. "Trevayler, in [the parish of Gulval], is the property and residence of the Rev. William Veale, in whose family it has long been vested. This gentleman has considerable property in Gulval." [1]

Early History of the Veal family

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Veal Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Veal family (pre 1700)

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Veal Ranking

In the United States, the name Veal is the 4,186th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Veal family to Ireland

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United States Veal migration to the United States +

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, who settled in Portland, Me, in 1820
  • Frederick Kingsbury Veal, who arrived in Iowa in 1884 [3]

Canada Veal migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Veal Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Nicholas Veal, a Cooper of St. John's, Newfoundland in 1776 [4]
  • Mr. Nathan Veal U.E., (Nathaniel) born in New York, USA who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784 [5]
  • Mr. Wilmot Veal U.E., (Vail) who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784 [5]

Australia Veal migration to Australia +

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

Veal Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Veal, British Convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Earl St Vincent" on 6th April 1820, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Richard Veal, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847 [7]
  • Susan Veal, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Theresa" in 1847 [8]
  • Mr. William Veal, (b. 1822), aged 27, Cornish wheelwright from Kenwyn, Cornwall, Uk travelling aboard the ship "Walter Morrice" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 12th February 1849 [9]
  • Mrs. Catherine Veal, (b. 1824), aged 25, English settler from Plymouth, Devon, England, UK travelling aboard the ship "Walter Morrice" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 12th February 1849 [9]
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New Zealand Veal migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Veal Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James B. Veal, aged 14, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Inverness" in 1875
  • Mary Veal, aged 35, a servant, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Inverness" in 1875
  • Henry Veal, aged 11, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Inverness" in 1875
  • Mr. Henry Veal, (b. 1864), aged 11, Cornish settler departing on 21st August 1875 aboard the ship "Inverness" going to Hawkes Bay, New Zealand arriving in port on 28th November 1875 [10]
  • Mr. James B. Veal, (b. 1861), aged 14, Cornish settler departing on 21st August 1875 aboard the ship "Inverness" going to Hawkes Bay, New Zealand arriving in port on 28th November 1875 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Veal (post 1700) +

  • Orville Inman "Coot" Veal (1932-2021), American professional baseball shortstop who played for the Detroit Tigers from 1958 to 1963
  • 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 [11]
  • Don-Terry Veal, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Louisiana 2nd District, 1998 [11]
  • Jennifer Veal (b. 1991), English actress from Coventry, best known for her role as Agatha on the Disney Channel sitcom Jessie
  • Rohan Veal (b. 1977), Australian specialist in the International Moth Class dinghy class
  • Kristen Veal (b. 1981), Australian basketball player, winner of three Women's National Basketball League (WNBL) championships, born in Adelaide

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. George  Veal (1896-1917), Canadian Wireless Operator aboard the HMCS Niobe from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who died in the explosion [12]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Richard E Veal (b. 1920), English Chief Petty Officer Cook serving for the Royal Navy from Bournemouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [13]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Frederick Guy Veal, British Chief Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [14]
RMS Titanic
  • 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 [15]
  • Mr. Arthur Veal (d. 1912), aged 36, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [15]
  • 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 [15]


  1. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  2. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 10th September 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/earl-st-vincent
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABOUKIR 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Aboukir.htm
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THERESA 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Theresa.htm
  9. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  10. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 24) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  12. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  13. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  14. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  15. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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