Loyal History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Loyal surname is generally thought to derive from a place name, perhaps Pont Doylly, or Duilly in Normandy. Alternatively, the Oyler, Ollier and similar spellings could have been derived from the English occupational name for an extractor or seller of oil having derived from the Anglo-Norman French word "olier" from "oile." In northern England linseed oil was commonly derived from flax and used as a substitute for olive oil. [1]

Early Origins of the Loyal family

The surname Loyal was first found in Oxfordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [2] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Eynsham held by Columban, a Norman noble as under tenant of the Bishop of Lincoln who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. His overlord was Robert d'Ouilli.

Early History of the Loyal family

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Loyal Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Doyley, D'Oyley, Doyle, D'Oyle, Doylee, Doley, Duley, Duly, Duely, Dueley, Ollie, Oyler, Oylie, D'Oyly, Olley, Oulley, Oullie, Ollie, Owley, Oyly, Oilli, Oiley, L'Oyle and many more.

Early Notables of the Loyal family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas D'Oyley (fl. 1585), English antiquary, the second son of Sir Henry D'Oyly, knight, of Pondhall in the parish of Hadleigh, Suffolk; Robert D'Oyley (1542-1577) of Hambleden, Buckinghamshire, who was Sheriff of Oxfordshire in 1573; and Sir Cope Doyley (d. 1633), who inherited Hambleden Manor, Buckinghamshire in...
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Australia Loyal migration to Australia +

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

Loyal Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Loyal, British Convict who was convicted in Saint Christopher (Saint Kitts) for 14 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 5th November 1835, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land)1836 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Loyal (post 1700) +

  • Fraser Loyal Kelly (1934-2022), Canadian journalist, broadcaster and corporate executive from Toronto
  • Maurice Loyal Huggins (1897-1981), American scientist who independently conceived the idea of hydrogen bonding, co-developer of the Flory-Huggins theory
  • J. Loyal Gilbert, American politician, Mayor of Parkersburg, West Virginia, 1919 [4]
  • Brigadier-General Loyal Moyer Haynes (1895-1974), American Deputy Chief of Staff US Forces Austria (1945-1946) [5]
  • Loyal S. Dingler, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State Senate 7th District, 1958, 1960 [6]
  • Loyal L. Jenkins, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1912; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 10th District, 1912, 1922 [7]
  • Loyal F. Huffman, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives, 1937-40 (38th District 1937-38, 26th District 1939-40) [8]
  • Loyal D. Eldredge (b. 1831), American Republican politician, Member of Vermont State Senate from Addison County, 1876-78; Member of Vermont State House of Representatives from Middlebury, 1888 [8]
  • Loyal C. Taber, American Democratic Party politician, Presidential Elector for New York, 1884 [9]


  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1835
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 12) Loyal Haynes. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Haynes/Loyal_Moyer/USA.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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