The Clan/Sept History
The surname Nagle is derived from the Norman surname de Angulo. The Gaelic form
of this surname is de Nógla.
Medieval scribes and church officials often spelled the name Nagle as it sounded
to them. As a result, the name Nagle, over the ages, has attained many spelling
variations including Nagle, Nangle, Neagle, Naigle, Naegle, Naigel, Nagell,
Nagele, Naegell, Naigel, Naigell, Nagale, Naigall, Nanegle, Nangel, Nangell,
Nangale, Naingale, Naingel, Naingle, O'Nagel, O'Nagle, O'Naigle and many more.
First found in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, SW Wales, where they were seated
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their
liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066
A.D. The Nagle surname arrived Cork, where Gilbert D'Angulo accompanied
Strongbow into Ireland in 1172.
Ireland experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the 19th
century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic
policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more
chose to leave their homeland to escape the horrific conditions. North America
with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination
for Irish Families. For those families that survived the journey, all three of
these things were often attained through much hard work and perseverance.
Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants
bearing the name Nagle: David and Julianna Nagle settled with their six children
in Prescott Ontario Canada in 1825; David, Francis, Henry, James, Jeremiah,
John, Michael, Patrick, Richard, Thomas, and William Nagle all arrived in
Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.
Motto Translated: Not in voice but a wish.
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