Eyles History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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 île. 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 Æl or Æthel.
Early Origins of the Eyles family
The surname Eyles 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 Eyles family
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Eyles 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 Eyles include Eyles, Eeles, Eels, Eylers and others.
Early Notables of the Eyles 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 of England; and his son, Sir John Eyles, 2nd Baronet (1683-1745) of Gidea Hall, Essex, a British financier. He served as a director of the Bank of...
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Eyles migration to the United States +
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, who made his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1754
Eyles migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Eyles Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mr. John Eyles, English convict who was convicted in Warminister, Wiltshire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "China" on 65th January 1846, arriving in Norfolk Island, Australia 
- John Eyles, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Duke of Wellington" 
- Ambrose Eyles, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Munn" in 1849 
- Ann Eyles, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Munn" in 1849 
Eyles migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Eyles Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Daniel Eyles, aged 44, a farmer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
- Jane Eyles, aged 44, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
- Mary Eyles, aged 23, a servant, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
- William Eyles, aged 18, a farmer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
- Jane Eyles, aged 16, a servant, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
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Contemporary Notables of the name Eyles (post 1700) +
- Francis Eyles (1704-1750), English politician, Member of the Parliament of England for Devizes (1727-1742)
- Sir Francis Haskins Eyles -Stiles (b. 1762), 3rd Baronet, a British landowner; the only son and heir of Sir John Eyles, 2nd Baronet he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1742
- Derek Charles Eyles (1902-1974), British illustrator and comics artist
- Dr. John Eyles, Canadian social and policy scientist, Professor of Geography at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
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