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Early Origins of the Croyle family

The surname Croyle was first found in Roll of Battel Abbey in which "Robert, Duke of Normandy, the Conqueror's father, in order to keep in check the people of the Pays de Dol, built in the year 1030 a castle at Cazel or Cheruel upon the Cousnon, a river which then divided the provinces of Normandy and Brittany. This place gave name to a family, which became highly distinguished in succeeding generations, and of which was the Norman knight, Kiriel, who appears on the Battle Abbey Roll. Among the more celebrated personages of the name, we may mention Hue Kyriel, Admiral of the French, and Nicholas Kiriel, Admiral of the English Fleet, in the 14th century." 1

"The family of Stansfeld, of Stansfeld, and of the Island of Jersey, deriving from Wyon Maryon, of a noble house in Brittany, to whom the extensive township in the West Riding of Yorkshire, whence he adopted his surname, was granted by the Conqueror, claims a common origin with the Kyriels and Kyrles, from the Kiriell of the Bathe Abbey Roll. " 1

Conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Ashburhnham by Sir Robert de Cruel, who held from Count Eu, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. They were from Criel sur Mer in the arrondisement of Dieppe. In 1870 the walls of the castle were still standing.

Early History of the Croyle family

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Croyle Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Cruel, Criel, Criell, Cryell, Criol, Crioll, Cryel, Cryall, Cryll, Cryl, d'Criel, Crial, D'Crial, De Crow, Deicrow, DeCrow, Cryal, Kriel, Kryel, Kryell, Kriell and many more.

Early Notables of the Croyle family

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Croyle Ranking

In the United States, the name Croyle is the 12,451st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 2

Migration of the Croyle family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

Contemporary Notables of the name Croyle (post 1700) +

  • Maria Croyle, American Professor of Pharmaceutics, University of Texas at Austin
  • Linda Croyle, American producer, known for When Generations Connect: LGBT Youth & Elders (2013)
  • Matt Croyle (b. 1977), American director and producer from Franklin, Pennsylvania, known for Potential Inertia (2014), Monster (2011) and That Kind of Party (2012)
  • Phil Croyle (1949-2020), American football linebacker who played for the Houston Oilers from 1971 to 1973 and for the Buffalo Bills in 1973
  • John Brodie Croyle (b. 1983), American former NFL football quarterback
  • Jacob Croyle Stineman (1841-1913), American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 35th District, 1897-1908, 1913; Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1908 3

  1. Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from on Facebook