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

The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 brought the Royalty family name to the British Isles. 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.

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A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Royalty 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 Royalty History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Royalty 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.

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Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Royalty or a variant listed above:

Royalty Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Walter Royalty, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States, in 1919

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

This page was last modified on 20 November 2011 at 14:14.

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