Daniels Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History


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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Daniels Name

Daniels Surname Name Meaning, History & Etymology

The Daniels name is a patronymic surname and is one of the common classes of Scottish surnames which came from religious naming traditions. It is derived from the ancient name of Daniel which means God has judged. It can also mean the “son of Daniel”.

Spelling Variations

Daniel, McDaniel, O’Daniel, Danielson, Danniel, Danell, Dannel, Dennel, Denial, Daniers, Danyei and Danels

Popularity & Geographic Distribution

There are approximately 340,000 people worldwide that bear the surname of Daniels. The predominant numbers are in the United States, England, Nigeria and South Africa. Daniels has a ranking of 1,581st most common surname.

Early Bearers of the Surname

Some of the early bearers of the surname Daniels are:  John Danyeles 1319 Subsidy Rolls in London, Agnes Daniels 1591 Beaminster Dorset, Robert Daniels 1592 Little Stukeley, Hunts, John Daniels 1595 Canterbury, Kent, William Daniels 1624 Odstock, Wilts, and Andrew Daniels 1629 Norton Sub Hamdon, Somerset

Daniels Surname General History

The first recorded spelling of Daniels is in 1086 of a Roger Daniel which is mentioned in the Domesday Book, Sussex, during the reign of King William I, whom was also known as “The Conqueror” (1066-1087)


There is only one motto for the Daniels surname it is ‘Nec timeo nec sperno’ which translated means ‘I neither fear nor despise.’


  • Anthony Daniels, English actor best known for playing C-3PO in Star Wars
  • Arthur Grosvenor Daniells, Seventh-day Adventist minister and administrator
  • Bert Daniels, American professional baseball player
  • Charles Daniels (New York politician), U.S. Representative from New York
  • Faith Daniels, American television news anchor and talk-show host
  • Isabelle Daniels, American Olympic athlete
  • Jeff Daniels, American actor
  • Jesse Daniels, American sculptor and musician
  • Jim Daniels, American poet and writer
  • Jonathan Myrick Daniels, Episcopal seminarian, killed for his work in the American civil rights movement
  • Meghan Cea Daniels (Jaquint), American Beauty Queen
  • Paul Daniels (1938–2016), British stage magician
  • Robert Daniels, professional boxer in the Cruiserweight division
  • Robert V. Daniels (1926-2010), historian of Russia
  • Traa Daniels, bassist of southern California rock band P.O.D.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) Daniell – or Danyell, or De Anyers (Over Tabley, Daresbury, &c., co. Chester, of Norman origin). Ar. a pale fusily sa. Crest—A unicorn’s head couped ar. attired gold. Motto—Nec timeo nec sperno.
2) Daniel – (W. T. S. Daniel, Q.C., Judge of County Courts). Paly of six sa. and erm. a lion ramp. ar. Crest—A dexter naked arm erect, enfiled with a ducal coronet and holding a short sword. Motto—Sub lege libertas.
3) Daniel – (quartered by Amhurst, of Didlington Hall, co. Norfolk). Per saltire ar. and or, in fess two lions ramp. gu. in chief and in base a dexter arm couped at the elbow habited of the third cuffed az., the hand ppr. holding a cross crosslet fitchee also of the third.
4) Daniel – (Auburn, co. Westmeath). Arms same as last. Crest—In front of a trefoil, slipped, vert, a dexter arm fessways, couped, vested gu. cuffed az. the hand ppr. holding a cross crosslet fitchee erect also gu. Motto—Toujours pret.
5) Daniel – or Danyell (Bescoak, co. York, 1676). (Clifton and Rostherne, co. Chester). (Little Berkhampsted, co. Herts). (Aldridge Lodge, co. Stafford). (co. Wilts). (Scotland). Ar. a pale fusily sa. Crest—A unicorn’s head couped ar. attired or.
6) Daniell – (Chester, Suffolk, and Wells). Same Arms. Crest—A tiger pass. reguard. ar.
7) Daniell – (Theydon Grove, near Epping, co. Essex; James le Geyt Daniell, Esq.). Same Arms, quartering ar. a wolf statant reguard. sa. Crest—A wolf, as in the arms.
8) Daniell – (Wigan, co. Lancaster, 1664, descended from Daniell, of Over Tabley, co. Chester). Same Arms. Crest—A unicorn’s head erased ar. armed or.
9) Daniell – (co. Suffolk). Same Arms, a border sa.
10) Daniell – (co. Chester). Ar. two lozenges in pale sa.
11) Daniell – (Cheshire). Sa. two flaunches ar.
12) Daniell – (Cheshire). Ar. two flaunches indented sa.
13) Daniell – (Truro, co. Cornwall). Per fesse erm. and sa. in chief two mascles of the last, in base, a panther pass, of the first. Crest—On two oak branches vert, fructed or, meeting saltireways in base, a pelican erm. vulning herself ppr.
14) Daniell – (Trelissick, co. Cornwall). Per fesse erm. and sa. in chief two lozenges of the last, in base a talbot pass. or. Crest—A pelican encircled with two branches of laurel, all ppr.
15) Daniell – (co. Durham). Gu. a bend and bordure engr. or.
16) Daniell – (co. Gloucester). Paly of six sa. and erm. a lion ramp. ar.
17) Daniell – Same Arms. Crest—A cubit arm erect, holding in the hand ppr. a sword, encircling the arm a ducal coronet or.
18) Daniell – (Beswick, co. York). Gu. on a cross or, five eagles displ. sa.
19) Daniell – Gu. a cross betw. four eagles displ. ar. armed az.
20) Daniell – (co. York). Or, (another ar.) a pale wavy sa. betw. eight cinquefoils gu.
21) Daniell – (co. York). Ar. a pale engr. sa.
22) Daniell – (temp. Edward II). Ar. a bend gu.
23) Daniell – Ar. a tiger pass. sa.
24) Daniell – (Tideswell, co. Derby: a co-heiress m. Meverell). Az. a, bend betw. six escallops or.
25) Daniell – Gu. a lion ramp. within an orle of eight fleurs-de-lis ar.
26) Daniell – (quartered by Sir John Pulteney, Lord Mayor of London, d. 1349, son of Adam Neale, alias de Pulteney, of Weston, co. Sussex. Visit. Leicester, 1619). Quarterly, gu. and or, in the first quarter a lion pass. ar.
27) Daniell – Az. on a bend or, three martlets sa.
28) Daniell – Gu. a bend and bordure engr. and in chief a martlet or, for diff.
29) Daniell – (Fun. Ent. of William Daniell or O’Donnell, Archbishop of Tuam, d. 11 July, 1628). Sa. two lions ramp. combatant, supporting a dexter hand couped at the wrist all ar., betw. three estoiles or.
30) Daniell – (confirmed to Robert Daniell, Esq. of NewForest, co. Westmeath). Ar. a pale fusily sa. in the dexter chief point a crescent gu. Crest—A unicorn’s head erased ar. armed and crined or, charged with a crescent gu. Motto—Pro fide et patria.
31) Daniell – (Daresbury, co. Chester). Ar. a pale fusillee sa. Crest—A unicorn’s head couped ar.
32) Daniels – (St. Austins, near Lymington, co. Hants). Per fesse erm. and sa. in chief two mascles of the second, in base an heraldic tiger ar. Crest—A pelican vulning herself ar. betw. two branches of oak ppr.
33) Danyell – Ar. on a bend sa. three escallops of the first.
34) Danyell – or Daniell – Per fesse az. and erm. a fesse counterchanged in chief three lions ramp. or.