The ancestors of the Ayle surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name comes from when they lived on an island. The surname Ayle is derived from the Old French word isle,
which means island
and has become the modern French word île.
The surname Ayle belongs to the class of topographic
surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees. However, the name Ayle may also be a patronymic
surname derived from the Anglo-Saxon
personal names Æl
Early Origins of the Ayle family
The surname Ayle was first found in Somerset
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Ayle family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ayle research.Another 220 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1338, 1688, 1716, 1703, 1679, 1716, 1683, 1745, 1713, 1727, 1727, 1734, 1679, 1735, 1715 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Ayle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ayle Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Ayle include Eyles, Eeles, Eels, Eylers and others.
Early Notables of the Ayle family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir John Eyles, Lord Mayor of London; John Eyles (died 1703), of Great St. Helens, London and Southbroom, near Devizes, Wiltshire
, an English politician, Member of the Parliament for Devizes in 1679; Sir Francis Eyles, 1st Baronet
(died 1716), Governor of the Bank... Another 104 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ayle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ayle family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: John Eels who purchased land in New England
in 1620. William Eels landed in Virginia in 1739. George Eyles made his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1754. Other Eyles family members settled in Pennsylvania in later years..