Hayles History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hayles is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Hayles family once lived in a remote valley, or nook. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old English halh, which had the same meaning. Conversely the name could have been a nickname for someone who was "healthy, stout, a brave man, chief, or hero" having derived from the Anglo-Saxon word "hale." [1]

Early Origins of the Hayles family

The surname Hayles was first found in Cheshire, but there are other records of this local name throughout England. Parish named Hales were found in Stafford, Norfolk and Worcester. Norfolk's earliest reference was Alexander de Hales, who was listed there in 1245. [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 lists: Richard de la Hale in Oxfordshire; and Walter en le Hale in Sussex at that time. Robert in the Hale was listed in the Close Roll, temp. 2 Edward I and according to Kirby's Quest, John atte Hale was listed in Somerset, temp. 1 Edward III [3] [4]

Alexander of Hales (d. 1245), the celebrated theologian, and one of the first of the Christian Philosophers of the thirteenth century, was born in Gloucestershire at a town or village called Hales. [5]

Thomas Hales (fl. 1250), was an early English poet and religious writer, was a Franciscan friar, and presumably a native of Hales (or Hailes) in Gloucestershire. [5]

The name quickly became native to Scotland as seen by Michel de Hale del counte de Edeneberk who rendered homage to King Edward I in his brief conquest of Scotland in 1296. [6]

Later some of the family were found at Kings Walden in Hertfordshire. "On the north side of the chancel of the church is a chapel, the burial-place of the Hale family, erected by William Hale, who died in 1648." [7]

Hailes Castle is a 14th century castle about a mile and a half south west of East Linton, East Lothian, Scotland. It dates back to c. 1300. Hailes Abbey near Winchcombe in Gloucestershire was built in 1245 or 1246 but little remains of the abbey today.

Early History of the Hayles family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hayles research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1189, 1379, 1331, 1394, 1455, 1456, 1490, 1457, 1459, 1459, 1470, 1471, 1470, 1540, 1516, 1572, 1608, 1584, 1656, 1576, 1654, 1625, 1640, 1645, 1626, 1626, 1684, 1660, 1661, 1681, 1666, 1762, 1694, 1762, 1609, 1676, 1636, 1700, 1692, 1614, 1691, 1654, 1656 and are included under the topic Early Hayles History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hayles Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hayles family name include Hale, Hail, Hailes, Hayles, Hayle, Hales, Haile and many more.

Early Notables of the Hayles family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir Frank Hale; Sir Stephen Hales (before 1331-1394), of Testerton, Norfolk, an English soldier and politician; John Hales, the medieval Bishop of Exeter (1455-1456); John Hales (also Hals or Halse; died 1490), Dean of Exeter between 1457 and 1459; Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield in 1459; Lord Privy Seal (1470-1471); John Hales (c.1470-1540), of The Dungeon, Canterbury, Kent, an administrator and Baron of the Exchequer; John Hales (c.1516-1572), a writer, administrator and politician; John Hales (died 1608), the owner of the Whitefriars in Coventry at which two of the Marprelate tracts were printed...
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Hayles Ranking

In the United States, the name Hayles is the 18,665th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [8]

Ireland Migration of the Hayles family to Ireland

Some of the Hayles family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Hayles migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Hayles surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Hayles Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jeritniah Hayles, who arrived in Virginia in 1636 [9]
  • Jerimiah Hayles, who landed in Virginia in 1638 [9]
  • Jer Hayles, who landed in Virginia in 1638 [9]
  • Barbara Hayles, who arrived in Virginia in 1651 [9]
  • Tho Hayles, who landed in Virginia in 1663 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hayles Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Hayles, who arrived in Virginia in 1703 [9]
  • James Hayles, who arrived in Virginia in 1715 [9]
Hayles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Harriet Hayles, aged 55, who landed in New York in 1868 [9]

Australia Hayles migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hayles Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Hayles, English convict who was convicted in Newport, Monmouthshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bangalore" on 1st January 1850, arriving in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia [10]
  • Onesiphorus Hayles, aged 59, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Star Queen" [11]
  • Charlotte Hayles, aged 15, a field labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Star Queen" [11]
  • Rachel Hayles, aged 22, a housemaid, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Star Queen" [11]
  • Ruth Hayles, aged 14, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Star Queen" [11]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hayles (post 1700) +

  • Andrew Hayles (b. 1987), American professional basketball player, SWAC Player of the Year (2008)
  • N. Katherine Hayles (b. 1943), American postmodern literary critic, professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Program in Literature at Duke University
  • Brian Hayles (1931-1978), English television and film, most notably for the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who (1963 to 1989)
  • Barrington Edward "Barry" Hayles (b. 1972), English footballer who plays as a striker for Truro City
  • Eustace Robert "Bob" Hayles (b. 1843), London-born, Australian entrepreneur who founded Hayles Magnetic Island Pty Ltd, a series of passenger and cargo ferry services in the north of Australia after 1889
  • Ian Dave Hayles (b. 1972), Jamaican politician with the People's National Party
  • Robert John "Rob" Hayles (b. 1973), British three-time gold, seven-time silver and three-time bronze medalist former track and road racing cyclist


The Hayles 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: Cum principibus
Motto Translation: Whith my chiefs


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  5. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  6. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  7. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  8. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  9. ^ 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)
  10. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/australasia
  11. ^ South Australian Register Monday 1st January 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Star Queen 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/starqueen1854.shtml


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