Show ContentsHoyland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient history of the Hoyland name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in one of four places named Hoyland in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Hoyland belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Hoyland family

The surname Hoyland was first found in Yorkshire at either High Hoyland, Upper or Lower Hoyland, and Hoyland Swaine. All three parishes and villages are listed in the Domesday Book of 1086: Holand for Hoyland High; Hoiland for Hoyland Nether; and Hollande for Hoyland Swaine. [1] [2]

All of the villages literally mean "cultivated land on or near a hill-spur," from the Old English words "hoh" + "land." The latter "Swaine" variant is believed to be a manorial affix added in the 12th century from a man called, Swein. [3]

Early History of the Hoyland family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hoyland research. Another 97 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1187, 1147, 1172, 1540, 1600, 1540, 1591 and 1673 are included under the topic Early Hoyland History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hoyland Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hoyland include Howland, Hoyland and others.

Early Notables of the Hoyland family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Richard Howland D.D. (1540-1600), Bishop of Peterborough, the son and heir of John Howland, gentleman, of the city of London, and Anne Greenway of Cley, Norfolk, was...
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Australia Hoyland migration to Australia +

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

Hoyland Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Hoyland, British Convict who was convicted in York, Yorkshire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Dudbrook" on 17th November 1852, arriving in Western Australia [4]

West Indies Hoyland migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [5]
Hoyland Settlers in West Indies in the 18th Century
  • Francis Hoyland, who landed in St Christopher in 1754 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hoyland (post 1700) +

  • Francis Hoyland (b. 1763), English poet, the son of James Hoyland of Castle Howard in the county of York, born in 1727 [7]
  • John Hoyland (1750-1831), English Quaker author from Sheffield, Yorkshire; he was a writer on the Gipsies, is variously designated as 'of Sheffield, Yorkshire,' and as 'formerly of York [7]
  • John Hoyland (1783-1827), English organist and composer, the son of a Sheffield cutler; his son William was organist of St. James's from 1829 to 1857 [7]
  • Wilfred "Fred" Hoyland (1898-1925), English professional footballer
  • Vic Hoyland (b. 1945), English composer from Wombwell, Yorkshire
  • Tommy Hoyland (b. 1932), English former professional footballer who played from 1949 to 1963
  • William Hoyland (b. 1943), English actor, known for his roles in Hellboy (2004), For Your Eyes Only (1981) and Gandhi (1982)
  • Robert G. Hoyland, English scholar and historian, specializing in the medieval history of the Middle East, Leverhulme Fellow at Pembroke College, Oxford
  • Jamie Hoyland (b. 1966), English footballer (1983-1999) and manager of Sheffield United Academy (2012-2013)
  • John Hoyland RA (1934-2011), British, London-based abstract artist
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  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 23rd July 2021). Retrieved from
  6. 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)
  7. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 7 August 2020 on Facebook