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Where did the English Eyles family come from? What is the English Eyles family crest and coat of arms? When did the Eyles family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Eyles family history?

The origins of the Eyles name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Eyles was originally derived from a family having lived on an island. The surname Eyles is derived from the Old French word isle, which means island and has become the modern French word Óle. The surname Eyles 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 Eyles may also be a patronymic surname derived from the Anglo-Saxon personal names ∆l or ∆thel.

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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 Eyles include Eyles, Eeles, Eels, Eylers and others.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eyles research. Another 439 words(31 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1338, 1688, 1716, 1703, 1679, 1716, 1679, 1735, 1715 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Eyles History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 127 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eyles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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:

Eyles Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • George Eyles made his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1754

Eyles Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Eyles, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Duke of Wellington"
  • Ambrose Eyles arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Munn" in 1849
  • Ann Eyles arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Munn" in 1849

Eyles Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Daniel Eyles, aged 44, a farmer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • Jane Eyles, aged 44, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • Mary Eyles, aged 23, a servant, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • William Eyles, aged 18, a farmer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • Jane Eyles, aged 16, a servant, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842


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  • Dr. John Eyles, social and policy scientist and is a Professor of Geography at McMaster University


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The Eyles Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Eyles Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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