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Where did the English Royal family come from? What is the English Royal family crest and coat of arms? When did the Royal family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Royal family history?

When the ancestors of the Royal family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Kent. Their name, however, is a reference to Roisel, France, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Royal have been found, including Royle, Royal, Royell, Royl, Roille, Riall, Ryle, Ryall, O'Riall and many more.

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


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Royal research. Another 420 words(30 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1230, 1290, 1551, 1574, 1603, 1609, 1661, 1669, 1734, 1826, 1831, 1833, 1855, 1858, 1878, 1881, and 1894 are included under the topic Early Royal History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Royal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Royal family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 119 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Royal were among those contributors:

Royal Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Roger Royal, who settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Roger Royal, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • William Royal, who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1629
  • William Royal, who landed in Maine in 1640

Royal Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Royal settled in Trinity Bay in 1770

Royal Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A Royal, aged 30, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1835
  • Agnes Royal, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1895

Royal Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • B.J. Royal, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Belford G Royal, aged 39, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Geo. Royal, aged 44, who settled in America from Norfolk, in 1906
  • Frank Royal, aged 22, who landed in America from London, England, in 1908
  • Kosa Royal, aged 35, who settled in America from Paris, France, in 1909

Royal Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Alice Royal arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1848
  • Frances Royal arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1848
  • John Royal arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" in 1849
  • John Royal, aged 33, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"
  • Joseph Royal arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1849


  • Darrell K Royal (b. 1924), American football player and coach, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (1983)
  • William Edward "Eddie" Royal (b. 1986), American football wide receiver and return specialist
  • Robert Shelton Royal (b. 1979), American football tight end
  • Donald Adam Royal (b. 1966), retired American professional basketball player
  • Myra Josephine Royal (1958-1988), American Flight Attendant from London, England, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
  • Marie-Ségolène Royal (b. 1953), French politician, presidential nominee in 2012
  • Jesse Te Ahukaramu Royal (b. 1980), New Zealand former professional rugby league player


  • Ancestry of William Henry Wright and Wife Polly Ann Royal and Their Descendants by Watie Delfa Wright Ellis.
  • The Royal Way west by Violet Coe Munford.

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The Royal Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Royal 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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