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Where did the English Roylance family come from? What is the English Roylance family crest and coat of arms? When did the Roylance family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Roylance family history?

Roylance is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Roylance family lived in Lincolnshire. This name is a topographical reference to land owned by the Rye family in this county. Rye is also topographical and indicates that the original bearer of the name lived near to a field of rye, and was distinguished by this proximity.

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Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Ryland, Roylance, Rylander, Rilands, Rylands and others.

First found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roylance research. Another 295 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1500 and 1822 are included under the topic Early Roylance History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Roylance family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 90 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, travelling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Roylance or a variant listed above:

Roylance Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Saml. Roylance, aged 38, who landed in America from London, in 1892

Roylance Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Richard Roylance, who emigrated to the United States, in 1913
  • Richard Roylance, aged 29, who settled in America from Bolton, England, in 1913
  • Joseph Roylance, who landed in America, in 1918
  • Robert William Roylance, aged 58, who emigrated to the United States from England, in 1919
  • Ellen Lillie May Roylance, aged 60, who emigrated to the United States from England, in 1919


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The Roylance Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Roylance Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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