Ailes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Ailes is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was a name for someone who was a person with a troublesome temperament. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word Aegel referring to someone who had an argumentative disposition.

Early Origins of the Ailes family

The surname Ailes was first found in Kent where they held a family seat from early times as Lords of the manor of Aylesford at the time of the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book Survey in 1086, Aylesford was reported as the King's land with a mill. This picturesque village is the site of the Battle where the Saxon Commanders, Hengist and Horsa, defeated the British in 455 A.D.

Early History of the Ailes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ailes research. Another 54 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ailes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ailes Spelling Variations

Ailes has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Ailes have been found, including Ailes, Ayles, Ailles, Aylles and others.

Early Notables of the Ailes family (pre 1700)

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United States Ailes migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Ailess to arrive on North American shores:

Ailes Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John Ailes, aged 55, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910

Contemporary Notables of the name Ailes (post 1700) +

  • Roger Eugene Ailes (1940-2017), American founder and former chairman of Fox News Channel and Fox Television Stations Group
  • Stephen Ailes (1912-2001), American administrator, United States Secretary of the Army (1964-1965)
  • E. E. Ailes, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alaska Territory, 1908 [1]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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