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Beal Family History

Beal Name Meaning
English (of Norman origin): from Old French bel(e) ‘fair’, ‘lovely’ (see Beau), either a nickname for a handsome man or a metronymic from this word used as a female personal name.English: habitational name from places so named in Northumberland and West Yorkshire. The former of these (Behil in early records) comes from Old English beo ‘bee’ + hyll ‘hill’; the latter (Begale in Domesday Book) is from Old English beag ‘ring’, here probably used in the sense ‘river bend’, or an unattested personal name Beaga derived from this word + halh ‘nook’, ‘recess’.French (Béal): topographic name for someone who lived by a mill race, from the Lyonnaise dialect term béal, bezale, bedale (of Gaulish origin).Americanized spelling of German Biehl or Bühl (see Buehl).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Beal Families

  • Number of Beal families
     137 - 272
     46 - 136
     1 - 45
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Beal families
     332 - 662
     111 - 331
     1 - 110
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Beal families
     3 - 3
     2 - 2
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Beal Family Origin

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Beal Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Beal

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Beal Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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