STEEL Family History
Recorded as Steele, Steel, Stell and Stelle, and the patronymics Steeles and Steels, this is an Anglo-Scottish surname. It has several possible origins. The first is from the Olde English pre 7th Century word "style", meaning steel, and an occupational nickname for skilled man who worked with iron and steel. Secondly and again a nickname, it may have described someone who was as hard as steel, or "true as steel". Thirdly it can be locational from places called Steele or Steel in Ayrshire, Berwickshire and Dumfrieshire in Scotland, and Northumberland, Westmorland and Shropshire in England.