Rhule History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Rhule came to England with the ancestors of the Rhule family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Rhule family lived in Kent. Their name, however, is a reference to Roisel, France. John Roiale, Normandy was registered in 1180-1195 (Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae) [1]

The first records of the family was as a " personal name Galfrid Roille in Rotuli de Oblatis et Finibus, King John." [2]

Early Origins of the Rhule family

The surname Rhule was first found in the Close Rolls where Bernard de Royl was listed in 1230. Later, William de Roille was found in the Assize Rolls for Cheshire in 1290. [3]

One source presumes that family is from "Ryle, in the manor of Etchells, in the parish of Northendon, Cheshire" [4] and the last roll entry may agree.

An early East Cheshire roll has the following entry: "Sir Nicholas de Eton ... concedes to Sir William de Baggylegh, knt. ... one hamlet... in the vill of Echeles, which is called Ruyhul ... which Richard de Ruyhul held ... c. 1318." [4]

This source goes on "most of the Cheshire and Lancashire Royles and Ryles are sprung from this spot, including the late Bishop of Liverpool. In the form of Royle the surname has ramified very strongly." [4] "Royle is the name of an ancient mansion in Whalley parish, [Lancashire]." [5]

Early History of the Rhule family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rhule research. Another 304 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1230, 1290, 1551, 1574, 1603, 1609, 1661, 1669, 1734, 1831, 1833, 1826, 1894, 1855, 1858, 1878 and 1881 are included under the topic Early Rhule History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rhule Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Royle, Royal, Royell, Royl, Roille, Riall, Ryle, Ryall, O'Riall and many more.

Early Notables of the Rhule family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Rhule Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Rhule family to Ireland

Some of the Rhule family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 48 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Rhule migration to the United States +

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Rhule or a variant listed above:

Rhule Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Cora Rhule, aged 29, who arrived in America, in 1906

Contemporary Notables of the name Rhule (post 1700) +

  • Matt Rhule (b. 1975), American football coach and former player; current head football coach at Temple University, former assistant offensive line coach for the New York Giants


  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.


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