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The name Whale reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Whale family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Whale family lived in Berwickshire, at Le Whele, near the Whele Causey (Wheel Causeway) a Roman road which passes through the county. Some occurrences of the name may be derived from the original bearer's residence in Wales.

Whale Early Origins



The surname Whale was first found in Berwickshire where they held a family seat from early times, at a place named Le Whele.

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Whale Spelling Variations


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Whale Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Whale, Whele, Whaill and others.

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Whale Early History


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Whale Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whale research. Another 196 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1684 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Whale History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Whale Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Whale Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Whale Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Whale name or one of its variants:

Whale Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Philemon Whale, who settled in Boston in 1630
  • William Whale, who landed in New England in 1645
  • Philemon Whale, who landed in New England in 1648

Whale Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Captain Whale who settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1712
  • William Whale, who settled in Maryland in 1736

Whale Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Whale, aged 39, arrived in New York in 1812

Whale Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Whale, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  • George Whale arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846
  • Thomas Whale, aged 28, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Hyderabad"
  • Fanny A. Whale (aged 25), a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Eliza"

Whale Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Whale arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857

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Contemporary Notables of the name Whale (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Whale (post 1700)



  • James Whale (1889-1957), English movie director, best known for his works Frankenstein (1931), The Old Dark House (1932), The Invisible Man (1933) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
  • Michael "James" Whale (b. 1951), English broadcaster for radio and television
  • George Whale (1842-1910), British locomotive engineer from Essex, who worked for the London and North Western Railway (LNWR) as Locomotive Superintendent (1903-1908), known for his LNWR Whale Precursor locomotive

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Citations


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  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824

Other References

  1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
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The Whale Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whale 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 14 August 2016 at 02:32.

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