Show ContentsAyles History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Ayles is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to 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 Ayles family

The surname Ayles 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 Ayles family

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Ayles Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Ayles were recorded, including Ailes, Ayles, Ailles, Aylles and others.

Early Notables of the Ayles family (pre 1700)

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United States Ayles migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Ayles family emigrate to North America:

Ayles Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Ayles, who landed in Virginia in 1670
Ayles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Steven Ayles, who settled in New York in 1831

Canada Ayles migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ayles Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

Australia Ayles migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Ayles Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Ayles, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1840 [2]
  • Elizabeth Ayles, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1840 [2]

West Indies Ayles migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [3]
Ayles Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Marmaduke Ayles, who settled in Barbados in 1682

Contemporary Notables of the name Ayles (post 1700) +

  • Gary Ayles (b. 1964), English race car driver
  • Adam Ayles, Arctic explorer, eponym of the Ayles Ice Shelf and Mount Ayles
  • Walter Henry Ayles (1879-1953), British Labour Party politician

Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Nettie E.  Ayles (1899-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion (1917) [4]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Victor L.T. Ayles, British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [5]

  1. Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  2. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1840. Retrieved from
  4. Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from
  5. Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from on Facebook