Hyle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The surname Hyle is derived from the place name Highly, originally Huggalea or Hugelei in Old English. It is located in Shropshire, and was listed in the Domesday Book in 1086 as held by Ralph de Mortimer.

Early Origins of the Hyle family

The surname Hyle was first found in Shropshire at Highley, today a large village and civil parish on the west bank of the River Severn. The village dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was first listed as Hughlei [1] and literally meant "woodland clearing of a man called Hugga," from the Old English personal name + "leah." [2] As far as the surname, the first record of the name was found in 1246 where it was listed simply as "Huggele." [3]

Important Dates for the Hyle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hyle research. Another 26 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1377, 1573 and 1581 are included under the topic Early Hyle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hyle Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hyle have been found, including Highley, Highley, Higford, Hiley, Heighly, Hyley and others.

Early Notables of the Hyle family (pre 1700)

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Hyle migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hyle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mary A. Hyle, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Hyle (post 1700)

  • Adrienne E. Hyle, American Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Michael William Hyle (1901-1967), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church from Baltimore, Maryland, Bishop of Wilmington from 1960 until his death in 1967

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Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
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