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Noyes is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the Old English given name Noye.


The surname Noyes was first found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Noyes family name include Noyes, Noye, Nye, Nie, Noyers, Noyce, Noise and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Noyes research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1524, 1614, 1568, 1622, 1647 and 1717 are included under the topic Early Noyes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Robert Noyes (1524-1614); and his son, Rev. William Noyes (1568-1622), an English clergyman, Rector of Cholderton, Wiltshire. Reverend Nicholas Noyes Jr...

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Noyes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Noyes family to immigrate North America:

Noyes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Nicholas Noyes, who settled in New England between 1620-1650
  • James Noyes settled in New England in 1630
  • James Noyes (1608-1656), English clergyman from Wiltshire who emigrated to Massachusetts in 1634, founder of Newbury, Massachusetts, his original home is on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Elizabeth Noyes settled in Massachusetts in 1638
  • Peter and Sarah Noyes settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1652

Noyes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • I. M. Noyes settled in New York state in 1822
  • E. S. Noyes settled in San Francisco in 1856
  • Arthur Noyes, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • Charles Noyes, aged 46, who settled in America from London, in 1892
  • B. B. Noyes, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1894
  • ...

Noyes Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Charles F. Noyes, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Agnes Noyes, aged 53, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Charles C. Noyes, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1909
  • Agnes H. Noyes, aged 55, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Alex D. Noyes, aged 52, who emigrated to America, in 1915
  • ...

Noyes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • A.R. Noyes arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Augustus" in 1844

  • Harriet Newell Noyes (1844-1924), American Presbyterian educator, writer, and missionary who founded the True Light Middle School, the first women's school in Guangdong Province, China
  • William A. Noyes (1857-1941), American analytical and organic chemist, recipient of the Priestley Medal in 1935
  • Henry Halsey Noyes (1910-2005), American writer
  • Florence Fleming Noyes (1871-1928), American classical dancer, eponym of the The Noyes School of Rhythm
  • Eliot Noyes (1910-1977), American architect and designer of the IBM Selectric in 1961
  • Blanche Noyes (1900-1981), American pioneering female aviator, winner of the Bendix Trophy Race in 1936
  • Beatrice "Beppie" Noyes (1919-2007), American author and illustrator
  • Arthur Amos Noyes (1866-1936), American chemist, co-creator of the Noyes-Whitney Equation
  • Albertina Noyes (b. 1949), American Olympic figure skater
  • Alfred Noyes (1880-1958), English poet, best known for his ballad, The Highwayman
  • ...

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: Nuncia pacis oliva
Motto Translation: A message of peace.


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    Other References

    1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    4. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    10. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
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    The Noyes Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Noyes Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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