The name Fyler has two possible origins. It may come from the Middle English word "file," meaning "file," in which case it is likely an occupational
name for someone who made or used files (the abrading tool). The other possibility is that this name could also come from the Olde French word "fil" or "thread," in which case the name could still be occupational in origin, but for a spinner or tailor.
Early Origins of the Fyler family
The surname Fyler was first found in Worcestershire
, where they held a family seat
, and records first show John le Filur, recorded in the Subsidy Rolls
of that region in 1275. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time.
Early History of the Fyler family
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Fyler Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Filer, Filur, Fyler, Philer and others.
Early Notables of the Fyler family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fyler family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Fyler Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- H. Fyler is recorded in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862
- H Fyler, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862