The English surname Teal, mainly found in Yorkshire, is of nickname origin. The name is derived from the Middle English term tele meaning “teal,” a nickname for a person who resembled this duck. The first recorded spelling of the name is Ralph Tele, which was dated 1201, "The Pipe Rolls of Nottinghamshire.” Variations in the idiom of the spelling include Teall, Teale, Teyle, Teele. Edmunde Teale married Mawdlen Bottell on September 17th 1580, at St. Giles, Cripplegate, London. Hannah, daughter of Benjamin and Mary Teale, was christened on March 26th 1701, at St. martin in the Fields, Westminster, and Martha, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Teal, was christened at St. Dunstan's, Stepney, London, on December 15th 1728.
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