The surname Lyal was first found in Kent where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held lands.
Early History of the Lyal family
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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:
Lyal Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Robert Lyal, aged 36, a millwright, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1841
Agnes Lyal, aged 36, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1841
Mr. Robert Lyal, (b. 1804), aged 36, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Olympus" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 20th April 1841 
Mrs. Agnes Lyal, (b. 1804), aged 36, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Olympus" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 20th April 1841