Veale History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Veale was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Veale is for a calf-heard which was in turn derived from the Old French word veel, meaning calf.

Early Origins of the Veale family

The surname Veale 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 Veale family

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Veale Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Veale were recorded, including Veale, Veal, Viall, Vile, Viell and others.

Early Notables of the Veale family (pre 1700)

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Veale Ranking

In the United States, the name Veale is the 12,496th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Veale family to Ireland

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United States Veale migration to the United States +

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Veale arrived in North America very early:

Veale Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jane Veale, who settled in Virginia in 1636
  • Jane Veale, who arrived in Virginia in 1636 [3]
  • Eleanor Veale, who arrived in Maryland in 1660-1663 [3]
  • Christopher Veale, who settled in Virginia in 1663
  • Elizabeth Veale, who landed in Maryland in 1679 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Veale Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Moses Veale, (b. 1828), aged 20, Cornish labourer departing from Penzance aboard the ship "Cornwall" arriving in the United States on 18th October 1848 [4]
  • John Veale, aged 47, who landed in New York, NY in 1851 [3]
  • David Veale, aged 28, who landed in New York in 1864 [3]

Australia Veale migration to Australia +

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

Veale Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Harriet Veale, (b.1815, aged 26 born in Lezant, Cornwall, UK convicted in Plymouth on 22nd March 1841, sentenced for 7 years for stealing cotton print, transported aboard the ship "Garland Grove" in 1841 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [5]
  • Mr. John Veale, (b. 1825), aged 33, Cornish mariner departing from Soton on 17th February 1858 aboard the ship "Parsee" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 14th May 1858 [6]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Veale, (b. 1827), aged 31, Cornish settler departing from Soton on 17th February 1858 aboard the ship "Parsee" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 14th May 1858 [6]
  • Miss Elizabeth Veale, (b. 1849), aged 9, Cornish settler departing from Soton on 17th February 1858 aboard the ship "Parsee" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 14th May 1858 [6]
  • Mrs. Margaret Veale, (b. 1816), aged 42, Cornish general servant departing from Soton on 17th February 1858 aboard the ship "Parsee" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 14th May 1858 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Veale 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:

Veale Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Veale, who landed in New Plymouth, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Amelia Thompson
  • Thomas Veale, who landed in New Plymouth, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Amelia Thompson
  • Mr. J. Veale, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Hamilla Mitchell" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 30th November 1853 [7]
  • Mrs. Veale, British settler travelling from London with 6 children aboard the ship "Hamilla Mitchell" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 30th November 1853 [7]
  • Henry Veale, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoenix" in 1860

Contemporary Notables of the name Veale (post 1700) +

  • Robert Andrew Veale (b. 1935), American former left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • Charles Veale (1838-1872), Union Army soldier during the American Civil War, recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Chaffin's Farm
  • W. M. Veale, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1924 [8]
  • Roads Veale, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1972 [8]
  • R. R. Veale, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1916 [8]
  • Paul G. Veale, American politician, Mayor of McAllen, Texas, 1963-69 [8]
  • Moses Veale, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State Senate 5th District, 1876; Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1904 [8]
  • John M. Veale (1918-2002), American Democratic Party politician, Democratic Candidate for Michigan State Senate 11th District, 1950, 1954; Candidate for Michigan State Board of Education, 1955 [8]
  • C. H. Veale, American Democratic Party politician, Mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1940-44 [8]
  • John Douglas Louis Veale (1922-2006), English classical composer
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to New York 1820 - 1891 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_new_york_1820_1891.pdf
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/tasmanian_convicts_cornish.pdf
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 24) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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