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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.

Early Origins of the Royal family


The surname Royal was 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.

Early History of the Royal family


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 and printed products wherever possible.

Royal Spelling Variations


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.

Early Notables of the Royal family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Royal family to Ireland


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 and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Royal family to the New World and Oceana


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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • William Royal, who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1629
  • William Royal, who landed in Maine in 1640 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Royal Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Royal, who settled in Trinity Bay in 1770

Royal Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A Royal, aged 30, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1835 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Royal Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Alice Royal, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1848 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE - 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Constance.htm
  • Frances Royal, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1848 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE - 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Constance.htm
  • John Royal, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" in 1849 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SIR EDWARD PARRY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849SirEdwardParry.htm
  • John Royal, aged 33, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SIR EDWARD PARRY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849SirEdwardParry.htm
  • Joseph Royal, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1849 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ABBERTON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Abberton.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Royal (post 1700)


  • Billy Joe Royal (1942-2015), American pop and country singer, perhaps best known for his song "Down in the Boondocks" in 1965
  • Donald Adam Royal (b. 1966), retired American professional basketball player
  • Robert Shelton Royal (b. 1979), American football tight end
  • William Edward "Eddie" Royal (b. 1986), American football wide receiver and return specialist
  • Darrell K Royal (b. 1924), American football player and coach, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (1983)
  • Jesse Te Ahukaramu Royal (b. 1980), New Zealand former professional rugby league player
  • Marie-Ségolène Royal (b. 1953), French politician, presidential nominee in 2012
  • Samuel Royal Thurston (1815-1851), American pioneer, lawyer and politician, Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from Oregon Territory (1849-1851)
  • Brigadier-General Charles Royal Lehner (1893-1979), American Quartermaster-General 6th Army, Philippines (1943-1949) [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, April 2) Charles Lehner. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Lehner/Charles_Royal/USA.html
  • James Royal Mains (1922-1969), American Major League Baseball pitcher

Historic Events for the Royal family



HMS Royal Oak

  • William Desmond Royal (1910-1939), British Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html

Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • 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 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Pan Am Flight 103's victims: A list of those killed 25 years ago | syracuse.com. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/pan_am_flight_103s_victims_a_list_of_those_killed_25_years_ago.html

Suggested Readings for the name Royal


  • 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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Citations


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE - 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Constance.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SIR EDWARD PARRY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849SirEdwardParry.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ABBERTON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Abberton.htm
  5. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, April 2) Charles Lehner. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Lehner/Charles_Royal/USA.html
  6. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  7. ^ Pan Am Flight 103's victims: A list of those killed 25 years ago | syracuse.com. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/pan_am_flight_103s_victims_a_list_of_those_killed_25_years_ago.html

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