Origin of the Name Nagle
The origin of the name Nagle
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Nagle
include Nangle, Neagle, Nagel and Nagele. The Nagles were a branch of the de Angulos who were called Nangle in North Connacht. After the invasion at the end of the twelfth century this famous Norman family owned vast estates. The leading de Angulos family adopted the surname MacCostello, but this did not apply to the Cork branch. Notable people of the name were Sir Richard Nagle, 1699, who was Attorney General and speaker of the Irish Parliament in 1689, and Admiral Sir Edmond Nagle, 1757-1830, who captivated King George IV by his 'rollicking Irish humour', and his ability to tell a good story. He became a great favourite of that Monarch.
The Nagle coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Nagle descendants.