In later years it is more usually found as Veal or Veale. However I have found it in 1851 in London with place of birth given as France. I suspect that it is one of the many Breton-Cornish connections. Others may be able to tell you more.
I've no connection to the VIAL name, but just browsing the IGI shows lots of christenings in Crowan for example for VIAL and its variants all through the 18th century. I agree that it does not sound very much like VEAL, so it's likely it has a different root.
Hi All thanks for your responce. I have two family trees of the Vial family given to me by Shirley who I met at the Truro Cornish family history society, so this is all helping me to piece together my Vial family history. One of the family trees has Decendants of Ananais Vial of which I belive my Abraham of Crowan is related. Then there is Samual Vial 1719 married Cathrine Gribble son John Vial! same as Kerthen.
Are the Ananias Vial descendants connected to the Samuel Vial descendants, Cornish? They all seem to be in the Crowan area. I have a few descendants of John, son of Samuel, but not much more than that. His wife Miriam died in the workhouse at Helston in 1848. I don't know much else on him. I know more about her family because her brother was my several times g-grandfather.
Hi Kerthen Yes Samuel Vial is related to Ananais Vial b.abt 1660 sp Grace, on one of the family trees I was given, entitled Descendants of Ananias Vial. There is Robert sp unknown, then Samuel Vial c19 Jun 1719 Crowan sp Catharine Gribble one of his children was John Vial c 28 May 1766 Crowan sp Miriam Rodda.
I thought that Robert was the father of my Abraham, I still dont know who who Abrahams Father was.
Hi Cornish, Thank you for the descent from Ananias down to John. I'll store that away in case I need to figure out more about them. I don't have a good 'location' bead on them yet in Crowan. If I discover anything about Abraham, I'll post it.
Regarding the VIAL surname & the above question - "On what grounds would you claim that these are all variant forms of the same name? "
I have not looked at VIAL families since approximately 2005, however, remember clearly that I could follow the same census households with a variety of spellings including ViOL, VIALL, VIOLL & VYALL. So, it seems entirely reasonable that another researcher would also find variations.
Perhaps a good follow-up question is why wouldn't there be spelling variations on most surnames?