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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (Feudal Baron of Navan, co. Meath; impalement Fun. Ent. Ulster's Office, 1619, Christopher Barnewall, Esq., of Newton, whoso wife was Agnes, dau. of Martin Nanole, Baron of Navan). Az. three fusils conjoined in fess or. Crest—A falcon close sa. jessed and belled or.
2) (Kildalkie, co. Meath; Fun. Ent. Ulster’s Office, 1836, Mable, dau. of Walter Nangle, Esq., of Kildalkie, and wife of Nicholas Fitz William, Esq., of Ballydongan). Az. three fusils conjoined in fess or, a crescent on a crescent for diff.
3) (Reg. Ulster's Office). (alias McCostello). Or, three lozenges az. (another, the field ar. and the lozenges sa.). Crest—A falcon close sa. jessed and belled or.

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Nangle Coat of Arms and Family Crest

Nangle Origin:


Origins of Nangle:

This interesting name, with various spellings Neagle and Nangle, is of Norman Irish origin. Creatively "de Angulos" the family entered Ireland following the Norman attack of 1170 and gave large plots of land in Division Cork and North Connacht. The Cork section of the family used Nagle or Neagle as an anglicized form of their name and the Connacht section Nangle from the original Gaelicized form de Nogla. After that, the Nangles of Connacht used the surname Mac Costello - a surname created from the Gaelic prefix "Mac" which means "son of" and the Norman particular name Oistealb and its anglicized form (Mac) Costello. Nagle's Mountains near Ballyhooly, Co. Cork, are called after the Cork section of the family.


More common variations are: Nangale, Nangole, Nangley, Nanglei, Nangule, Niangle, Nanogle, Nangl, Nangwale, Nyangule.


The surname Nangle first appeared at Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, SW Wales, where they held a family seat from old times and were given lands by Duke William of Normandy, their true King, for their special support at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. The Nangle surname came to Cork, where Gilbert D'Angulo followed Strongbow into Ireland in 1172.

The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of Gilbert de Angulos, dated about 1193, in the "The Annals of the Four Masters." It was during the time of King Rory who was known to be the “High King of Ireland," dated 1166-1198. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England. Surnames all over the country began to develop, with unique and shocking spelling varietions of the original one.


Many of the people with surname Nangle had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.

United States of America:

Some of the people with the name Nangle who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included Peter Nangle at the age of 40, landed in New York, NY in 1803. Charles, Edward, John, and Martin Nangle all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Nangle: United States 1,407; Ireland 437; England 409; Australia 171; South Africa 128; Canada 85; Jamaica 71; Scotland 66; India 24; Northern Ireland 3.

Notable People:

David M. Nangle is an American state senator serving in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He is a Lowell citizen and a part of the Democratic Party.

Gregory E. Nangle was born in November 1973, Narberth P.a. He is an American artist (living on Deer Isle, Maine), artist, glass blower, modeler, bronze caster, luthier and furniture architect. He is famous for his creations using cast bronze and cast glass together, and his work as a temporary avant-garde singer.

John Francis Nangle (June 1922–August 2008) was a United States federal justice. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, Nangle received an A.A. from Harris Teachers College in 1941, a B.S. from the University of Missouri in 1943, and a J.D. from Washington University School of Law in 1948. He was in the United States Army Sergeant from 1943 to 1946

Richard Nangle (died c.1541) D.D., was a Rural of the Order of Saint Augustine in Ireland was Priest of Clonfert between the year 1536 and 1541.

Romello Desmond Camar Nangle was born in January 1995. He is an English football player.

Reverend Thomas Matthew Mary Nangle (1889—January 1972) was a Newfoundland cleric, army minister of the Royal Newfoundland Corps during World War I, diplomat and after that a Rhodesian legislator and producer. He was born in St John's in Newfoundland and got his early education at St. Bonaventure College before joining All Hallows College seminary in Dublin and St. Patrick's, Carlow College in Ireland. He was determined in the Roman Catholic priesthood in 1913 at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist in St. John's, Newfoundland and entered in the Newfoundland Regiment in 1915 becoming the regiment's Abbey quickly gaining the status of lieutenant-colonel.

Nangle Coat of Arms Meaning

The two main devices (symbols) in the Nangle blazon are the fusil and falcon. The two main tinctures (colors) are azure and or.

The bright, strong blue color in Heraldry is known in English as azure, and similarly in other European languages – azul in Spanish, azurro in Italian and azur in French. The word has its roots in the Arabic word lazura, also the source of the name of the precious stone lapis lazuli 1. Despite this, those heralds who liked to associate colours with jewels chose instead to describe blue as Sapphire. According to Wade, the use of this colour symbolises “Loyalty and Truth” 2.

The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.3. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa 4. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.5.

The fusil is a shape rather like a lozenge but taller and narrower, hence fusily refers to a field of similar shapes arranged in a regulat pattern. 6 It is though that the shape originally derived from that of a spindle of yarn. Wade believes that the symbol is of very great age and quotes an earlier writer, Morgan who ascribes it the meaning of “Negotiation”. 7

Birds of great variety occur throughout heraldry, at least in name 8. The falcon is a bird long associated with hunting and we need look no further than a liking for this pursuit for its presence on many early coats of arms. 9 We also find many of the accessories used in falconry depicted on arms, and a surprising number of terms from the art of falconry have found use in modern English idioms and the interested reader is recommended to search out the origins of the phrases hoodwinked and “cadging” a lift.

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  • 1 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure
  • 2 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
  • 3 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27
  • 4 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85
  • 5 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 6 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Fusil
  • 7 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P117
  • 8 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P233
  • 9 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Falcon