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

The Welsh name Hoyle derives from Old English "holh" meaning "hole." It is thought to have originally been a name for someone who lived in a round hollow or near a pit. As such, the surname Hoyle 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.


The Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. The earliest explanation for the preponderance of spelling variations is that when Welsh surnames were in Welsh and accordingly were difficult to translate into English. It was therefore up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Hoyle have included Hoyle, Hoile and others.

First found in Monmouthshire (Welsh: Sir Fynwy), 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hoyle research. Another 205 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1672, 1769 and 1654 are included under the topic Early Hoyle History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 63 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hoyle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Hoyle family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Hoyle:

Hoyle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jeremiah Hoyle settled in Virginia in 1638
  • Elizabeth Hoyle settled in Barbados in 1663
  • Seth Hoyle, who arrived in Maryland in 1669

Hoyle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Kath Hoyle, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Peter Hoyle, who arrived in North Carolina in 1738
  • Jurig Thos Hoyle, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Henrick Hoyle, aged 40, landed in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • George Hoyle, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1760

Hoyle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Luke Hoyle, aged 15, landed in Connecticut in 1812
  • Robert Hoyle, who landed in New York in 1812
  • Jackson P Hoyle, aged 36, landed in North Carolina in 1812
  • Henry Hoyle, who arrived in New York in 1820
  • William Hoyle arrived in New York with his wife and child in 1820

Hoyle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jesse Hoyle arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glenswilly" in 1839
  • Robin Hoyle arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glenswilly" in 1839
  • Duncan Hoyle arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glenswilly" in 1839

Hoyle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Martha Hoyle, aged 17, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arawa" in 1884


  • Major-General Rene Edward De Russy Hoyle (1883-1981), American Commanding General 9th Division (1940-1942)
  • David W. Hoyle, American politician, Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly
  • Arthur Robert Hoyle (b. 1922), Australian historian and biographer
  • Rebecca Hoyle, British Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Surrey
  • William Henry Hoyle, Canadian politician, Speaker of the Ontario Legislature (1912 to1914)
  • Fred Hoyle FRS (1915-2001), English astronomer and mathematician who shared the 1994 Balzan Prize for Astrophysics
  • Bert Hoyle (1920-2003), English football goalkeeper
  • Colin Hoyle, English footballer
  • David Hoyle (b. 1963), British performance artist
  • Dean Hoyle (b. 1967), British founder of the Card Factory, a chain of greeting card and gift stores in Great Britain



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The Hoyle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hoyle 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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