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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.

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The surname Hoyle was 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.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hoyle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Thomas Hoyle, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Henrick Hoyle, aged 40, landed in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • George Hoyle, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1760
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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
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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
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  • David W. Hoyle, American politician, Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly
  • Major-General Rene Edward De Russy Hoyle (1883-1981), American Commanding General 9th Division (1940-1942)
  • Timothy Hoyle, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Clinton County, 1856
  • Robert T. Hoyle, American politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, 1985
  • Peter Hoyle, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Lincoln County, 1802-08, 1810-13, 1815-17; Member of North Carolina State Senate from Lincoln County, 1819
  • K. R. Hoyle, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1916
  • Henry Hoyle, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Lacolle, 1884-98
  • George V. Hoyle, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Clinton County, 1853-54
  • Andrew Hoyle, American politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate from Lincoln County, 1807-09
  • Alonzo F. Hoyle, American Republican politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives Sixteenth Worcester District, 1905
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Hoyle Historic Events



HMS Hood

  • Mr. Sidney Hoyle (b. 1923), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Openshaw, Lancashire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
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Citations



    Other References

    1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    5. Morgan, T. J. Morgan and Prys Morgan. Welsh Surnames. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1985. Print.
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Thirsk, Joan ed. Et. Al. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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