Last name: Heal

This ancient name, found chiefly in Devonshire and the southern counties of England, is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is in most cases a topographical surname acquired in the first instance by someone who lived in a nook or hollow. The derivation of the name is from the Olde English pre 7th Century "hale", the dative case of "healh, halh", nook, recess, remote valley. Topographical surnames were among the earliest to be adopted, since both atural and man-made features in the landscape provided obvious and convenient distinguishing names in the small communities of the Middle Ages. Early examples of the surname from this source include: William in the Hele (1234, Somerset); Roger de Hele (1242, Devonshire); and Hugh Attehele (1306, Somerset). In some instances, the surname may be locational in origin, from places called Heale and Hele in Devonshire and Somerset. Recordings of the name from Devonshire Church Registers include those of the marriage of Richard Heale and Jane Dark in Parkham, on June 21st 1548, and the christening of Philippe, son of Symon Heale, on March 12th 1567, in Totnes. The family Coat of Arms depicts, on a silver shield, five red fusils in pale, the middle one charged with a gold leopard's face; the Crest shows a gold eagle, close, on a red chapeau turned up ermine. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William de la Hela, which was dated 1130, in the "Pipe Rolls of Hampshire", during the reign of King Henry 1, known as "The Lion of Justice", 1100 - 1135. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Family did originate from the South West of England. However, a lot of the Heal clans migrated elsewhere. My fathers family migrated to Wales during the 1800's according to my family tree. Which dates back as far as the 1700's.

Mary Lou
My maiden name was Heal. My great grandparents came from Bridgwater, Somerset in 1843. to America and settled in Illinois.


Are you part of the Bunkerhill Clan?

John Crane
I have discovered that Jose Heal went to America when his uncle John William Calloway Browning Crane returned to Wisconsin from a trip to England. John W. b crane lived in Dover, Racine Wisconsin so Jose Heal may have started his American life there.

John Crane
Matilda Crane and Thomas Heal Lived at Middlezoy with her Parents John W Craneafter their marriage. I have found out that John William Crane then lived with his daughter Mary Elizabeth Crane Post Mistress of Middlezoy . Unmarried as did Ada Heal. Oliver Heal went America and have read his family History but email Address is dead. If they are your family records will show they lived at Middlezoy first.

Paul Heal
My Surname is Heal. I live in the North East of England. It appears that my family came up from Shipham in Somerset and Weston Super Mare in the mid to late 1800s to work in the iron foundries. Charles Heal born circa 1863 was the one who made the move up here apparently. If anyone has any further info, would be grateful to find out.

Mel watson nee heal
Hi Paul I too am from the north east , my grandad Clifford heal worked in the foundry in bowesfield lane , I'm going to ask my dad if grandad was originally a Stockton lad and where were his parents from .

alan jenkins
hi paul i am descendant of the same heals, contact me on

Simon Heal
My surname is Heal, most of our family came from the Isle of Wight I think. I'm now settled in Manchester, but think the SW is still the main area for Heal's.