A Scottish and English surname, Ingalls comes from the Latin term ‘anglicus’ and referred to a person being from England. The numerous spelling variations for Ingalls include Ingill, Ingulls, Ingall, Ingle, Ingals, Ingulls, Ingolds, Ingll and Ingolls. The early homeland for the Ingalls families was Yorkshire in northern England. Later the majority of Ingalls families were in Lincolnshire and Kent counties. The first location for Ingalls family in America was in Massachusetts in the mid-1600s. In the 20th century most with the Ingalls surname live in New York, Michigan, Maine, Massachusetts, Illinois, California and Washington. Famous: Rufus Ingalls (Civil War Union General and Quartermaster General of the U.S. Army), Laura H. Ingalls (pioneer female aviator of the 1930s winning the Harmon Trophy), Laura E. Ingalls (author who wrote ‘Little House on the Prairie’ series).