This name is also spelt NAGEL, NAUGEL, NEAGLE and NANGLE. This surname seems to have made enormous strides in the United States. Martin NEAGLE sailed for Virginia in 'The Rebecca' in the year l679. Other records of the name mention James Nagle and Mary Rowson who were married at St. George's Chapel, Mayfair in 1749. James Nagle and Margaret Hughes were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1796. The name is also a Munster surname, found mostly in County Cork where it was derived from the Norman name de-Angulo. A notable member of this name is KELVIN NAGLE, (l920-) Australian golfer, born in north Sydney. With Peter Thomson he was the first of the Australian golfers to make a considerable mark abroad. After winning the Australian Open in l959, he won the British Open in l960 and came second in the same event two years later. He was also moderately successful in the USA at a time when comparatively few foreign golfers competed there, coming second in the US Open of l965. An amiable man with a relaxed swing, he represented Australia in their World Cup side on nine occasions between l954 and l966, taking part in two trophy-winning sides. He set up a record low aggregate of 260 (64-65-66-65) when winning the Irish Hospitals event in l96l and continued to be a formidable golfer even in his 50s, taking the World Senior title in l97l. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.
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