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 CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and literally meant "woodland clearing of a man called Hugga," from the Old English personal name
+ "leah." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
As far as the surname, the first record of the name was found in 1246 where it was listed simply as "Huggele."
Early History of the Hyle family
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Hyle 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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Migration of the Hyle family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
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)
- 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
The Hyle 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: Dieu et mon Droit
Motto Translation: God and my Right.