Moyle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Moyle name is derived from the Cornish word "moyl," meaning "bald," as such, it may have evolved from a nickname.

Early Origins of the Moyle family

The surname Moyle was first found in Cornwall where the surname is "not from mule, as the family appear to have imagined when they assumed the arms, 'Gules, a moyle or mule passant argent;' but from a place in or contiguous to the parish of St. Minovor. " [1]

Some of the family were found in the parish of St. Austell. "Trevisiek, near Tremarren, is a genteel habitation. For some time this was a seat of a branch of the Moyle family of Bake. " [2]

"The manor of Bake belonged anciently to a family of this name, from whom in the reign of Edward III. it passed by a female heir into that of Moyle, which family resided here for many generations. In the reign of Henry VIII. Thomas Moyle of Bake, was Speaker of the House of Commons, and in the seventh of king William, Walter Moyle, who was member for Saltash, distinguished himself by a celebrated speech in support of a bill for the encouragement of seamen. Quitting public life, he spent his time in retirement, and cultivated letters at Bake, where he died in 1721, aged only forty-nine. After his death, his works, consisting of political pamphlets, letters, and critical dissertations, were published in two octavo volumes, to which was prefixed his portrait from the original at Bake. This manor is now the property of Sir Joseph Copley, bart. whose father, Joseph Moyle, Esq. took the name of Copley, on succeeding to a large estate in Yorkshire. He was created a Baronet in 1778. Trewall, another manor in this parish, belongs to this family." [2]

Early History of the Moyle family

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Moyle Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Moyle, Moil, Moile, Moyles, Muyle and others.

Early Notables of the Moyle family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Sir Walter Moyle (d. 1480), Justice of the Common pleas; John Moyle (1592?-1661), High Sheriff of Cornwall, friend of Sir John Eliot and supporter of the Parliamentarian cause in the Long Parliament; Sir Thomas Moyle (born before 1500-1560), commissioner for Henry VIII in the dissolution of the monasteries, and speaker of the House of Commons in the Parliament of...
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Moyle Ranking

In the United States, the name Moyle is the 15,111st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3] However, in Australia, the name Moyle is ranked the 937th most popular surname with an estimated 4,219 people with that name. [4]

Ireland Migration of the Moyle family to Ireland

Some of the Moyle family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Moyle migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Moyle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Dorothy Moyle, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Dorothy Moyle, aged 24, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [5]
  • Miss Dorothy Moyle, (b. 1611), aged 24, British settler traveling aboard the ship "Safety" arriving in Virginia in 1635 [6]
  • William Moyle, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [5]
  • Roger Moyle, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [5]
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Moyle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry Moyle, who settled in Virginia in 1715
  • Henry Moyle, who arrived in Virginia in 1715 [5]
Moyle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Samuel Moyle, (b. 1809), aged 28, Cornish miner departing from Falmouth aboard the ship "Royal Adelaide" arriving in the United States on 8th May 1837 [7]
  • Mr. Samuel Moyle, (b. 1817), aged 23, English miner departing from England aboard the ship "Royal Adelaide" arriving in the United States on 21st April 1840 [7]
  • Mr. W. Moyle, (b. 1823), aged 30, Cornish settler departing from Falmouth aboard the ship "Cornwall" arriving in the United States on 3 June 1841 [7]
  • Mr. Thomas Moyle, (b. 1808), aged 34, Cornish settler departing from Falmouth aboard the ship "Orient" arriving in the United States on 19 May 1842 [7]
  • Miss Susan Moyle, (b. 1833), aged 9, Cornish settler departing from Falmouth aboard the ship "Orient" arriving in the United States on 19 May 1842 [7]
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Moyle Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. Bennett Moyle, (b. 1866), aged 37, Cornish miner, from Helston, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Oceanic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 11th November 1903 en route to California, USA [8]
  • Mr. Joseph Moyle, (b. 1874), aged 29, English miner travelling aboard the ship "St Paul" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 24th February 1903 en route to Arizona, USA [8]
  • Mr. William Henry Moyle, (b. 1872), aged 31, Cornish miner, from St Keverne, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Philadelphia" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 8th August 1903 en route to New York, USA [8]
  • Miss Winnie Moyle, (b. 1886), aged 18, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "New York" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 21st August 1904 en route to Stony Creek, Connecticut, USA [8]
  • Mrs. Bessie Moyle, (b. 1864), aged 40, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "New York" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 21st August 1904 en route to Stony Creek, Connecticut [8]
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Australia Moyle migration to Australia +

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

Moyle Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Edward Moyle (b. 1761), aged 24, Cornish settler convicted in Launceston, Cornwall, UK 19th March 1785, sentenced for 7 years for stealing 2 cloth waistcoats and other items, transported aboard the ship "Scarborough" on 13th May 1787 to New South Wales, Australia [9]
Moyle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Henrietta Moyle, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846 [10]
  • Walter Moyle, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846 [10]
  • Ann Moyle, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847 [11]
  • Elizabeth Moyle, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847 [11]
  • John Moyle, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847 [11]
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New Zealand Moyle 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:

Moyle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Loftus Moyle, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cashmere" in 1851
  • Mr. James Moyle, (b. 1842), aged 28, Cornish farm labourer departing on 23rd September 1870 aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 23rd December 1870 [12]
  • Mr. William Moyle, (b. 1849), aged 21, Cornish farm labourer departing on 23rd September 1870 aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 23rd December 1870 [12]
  • Mr. James Moyle, (b. 1842), aged 28, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd December 1870 [13]
  • Mr. William Moyle, (b. 1849), aged 21, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd December 1870 [13]
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West Indies Moyle migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [14]
Moyle Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Moyle, who settled in Barbados in 1661

Contemporary Notables of the name Moyle (post 1700) +

  • Henry D Moyle (1889-1963), American counselor in the LDS church
  • S. Moyle, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Wyoming at-large, 1964 [15]
  • Michael J. Moyle, American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates 3rd District; Elected 1974 [15]
  • Jon C. Moyle, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Florida, 1972 [15]
  • James Henry Moyle (1858-1946), American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Utah, 1914; Member of Democratic National Committee from Utah, 1916-20 [15]
  • Henry D. Moyle, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Utah, 1921 [15]
  • Cindy Moyle (b. 1953), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Idaho, 1988, 2004, 2008; Member of Republican National Committee from Idaho, 2008 [15]
  • Dr. Peter B Moyle, professor of Biology at the University of California, Davis
  • Allan Moyle (b. 1947), Canadian film-maker, actor and screenwriter
  • Elizabeth Moyle Sherman, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1928; Prohibition Candidate for Pennsylvania State Treasurer, 1932


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  3. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  4. ^ https://forebears.io/australia/surnames
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's (Retrieved October 5th 2021, retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to New York 1820 - 1891 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_new_york_1820_1891.pdf
  8. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_ellis_island_1892_on.pdf
  9. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABBERTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Abberton.htm
  11. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABOUKIR 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Aboukir.htm
  12. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  13. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  14. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  15. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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