The name Byles is Anglo-Saxon
in origin. It was a name given to a maker of polearms or halberds and billhooks as these were common weapons in early times. The name could also be a baptismal name derived from son of William,
although this latter origin is less likely.
Early Origins of the Byles family
The surname Byles was first found in Somerset
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Byles family
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Byles Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Byles include Bill, Bills, Billes and others.
Early Notables of the Byles family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Byles family to Ireland
Some of the Byles family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Byles family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Byles were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Byles Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Byles, who landed in Delaware in 1679 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Byles Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Mather D. D. Byles Jr., U.E. born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 CITATION[CLOSE]
Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
Contemporary Notables of the name Byles (post 1700)
- Mather Byles II (1734-1814), American Congregational clergyman at New London, Connecticut until 1768 who settled as a Royalist in Halifax, Nova Scotia after the War of Independence
- Mather Byles (1706-1788), American clergyman, grandson of Increase Mather, known for his quote: "Which is better-to be ruled by one tyrant three thousand miles away or by three thousand tyrants one mile away?"
- Marie Beuzeville Byles (1900-1979), English-born, Australian conservationist, the first practicing female solicitor in New South Wales, mountaineer, explorer, feminist and author
- Daniel Alan "Dan" Byles FRGS, MP (1974-2010), English mountaineer, sailor, ocean rower, polar adventurer and politician, Member of Parliament for North Warwickshire (2010-), he took part in the first ever Atlantic Rowing Race in 1997
- William Douglas Byles (1914-1988), Canadian broadcast pioneer, inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Hall of Fame in 1997, father of Alannah Myles
- Tim Byles CBE, British Chief Executive of Partnerships for Schools (2006-)
- Brigadier Gary Byles CSC, Australian Army officer, Commander of JTF Gold/Op Gold
- Sir John Barnard Byles (1801-1884), British barrister, judge and author
- Sir William Pollard Byles (1839-1917), British newspaper owner and Liberal politician, Member of Parliament for Shipley (1892-1895) and for Salford North ( 1906-1917)
- Kerrie Byles (b. 1948), also known as "Junior Byles", "Chubby", or "King Chubby", a Jamaican reggae singer
Historic Events for the Byles family
- Father Thomas Roussel Davids Byles (1870-1912), English Catholic priest who remained on board the RMS Titanic as she was sinking hearing confessions and giving absolution CITATION[CLOSE]
Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
The Byles Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Omne solum patria
Motto Translation: Every land is a man's country.