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Where did the English Tyler family come from? When did the Tyler family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Tyler family history?

The name Tyler came to England with the ancestors of the Tyler family in the Norman Conquest in 1066. The surname Tyler is for a tiler. The name describes a person whose job it was to bake clay into tiles in an oven, a common occupation in medieval times.


Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Tyler, Tilliere, Tylor, Tiler, Tellier and others.

First found in Glamorgan, Monmouthshire and Herefordshire where they were granted large estates after the Norman Conquest in 1066.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tyler research. Another 259 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1381, 1381, 1341, 1381 and 1381 are included under the topic Early Tyler History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Tyler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Tyler family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Tyler or a variant listed above were:

Tyler Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • William Tyler, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • John Tyler settled in Virginia in 1623 with Elizabeth, Robert, William
  • Elizabeth Tyler, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Nathaniel Tyler settled in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Thomas Tyler settled in Virginia in 1635

Tyler Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • John Baptist Tyler settled in Maryland in 1706
  • Thomas Tyler settled in Boston in 1766 with his servant
  • William Tyler settled in Maryland in 1774

Tyler Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel A Tyler, who landed in New York in 1832
  • Richard Tyler, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850
  • John Tyler, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1860
  • Alex Tyler, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1874


  • Anne Tyler (b. 1941), American novelist and short story writer and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1989
  • Steven Tyler (b. 1948), American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, and the frontman for the band Aerosmith
  • Liv Tyler (b. 1977), American actress, model, and daughter of Steven Tyler
  • Frederick Daniel Tyler (b. 1954), American gold medalist Olympic swimmer
  • President John Tyler (1790-1862), American politician, 10th American President
  • Varro Eugene Tyler (1926-2001), American professor of pharmacognosy and philatelist
  • Royall Tyler (1757-1826), American jurist and playwright who wrote The Contrast (1787) and The Algerine Captive (1797)
  • Robert Ogden Tyler (1831-1874), American general in the Union Army during the American Civil War
  • Albert Tyler (b. 1872), American silver Olympic medalist for athletics during the 1896 games
  • Mark Richard Tyler (b. 1977), English footballer



  • The Descendants of Job Tyler Since 1619 by Charles R. Tyler.
  • Tyler-Browns of Brattleboro by Dorothy Sutherland Melville.


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