Royle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Royle came to England with the ancestors of the Royle family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Royle 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 Royle family

The surname Royle 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 Royle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Royle 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 Royle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Royle Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Royle are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Royle include Royle, Royal, Royell, Royl, Roille, Riall, Ryle, Ryall, O'Riall and many more.

Early Notables of the Royle family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Royle family to Ireland

Some of the Royle 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 Royle migration to the United States +

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Royle, or a variant listed above:

Royle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Margaret Royle, who arrived in Maryland in 1668 [6]
  • Henry Royle, who landed in Maryland in 1679 [6]
  • John Royle, who arrived in Maryland in 1682 [6]
  • Benjamin Royle, who settled in Virginia in 1698
Royle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Royle, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1860 [6]
  • Friend, George, James, and Samuel Royle, who, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1880
  • Jonathon Royle, aged 45, who landed in Texas in 1883 [6]
  • Edward Royle, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Lancashire, in 1892
  • Eleanor J Royle, aged 28, who settled in America from Liverpool, in 1897
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Royle Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • George Murray Royle, who landed in America from Nottingham, in 1904
  • Gertrude Royle, aged 33, who settled in America from Rashden, England, in 1908
  • John Royle, aged 15, who immigrated to America from Leigh, England, in 1911
  • Bridget Royle, aged 58, who landed in America from Kingscourt, Ireland, in 1912
  • Elizabeth E. Royle, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States from Ayewood, England, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Royle migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Royle Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Geo. Murray Royle, aged 61, who settled in Nottingham, Canada, in 1904

Australia Royle migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Royle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Royle, (Riely), (b. 1803), aged 19, English baker who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for life for burglary, transported aboard the "Eliza" on 13th July 1822, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1873 [7]
  • Miss Mary Ann Royle who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Burrell" on 31st December 1831, arriving in New South Wales [8]

New Zealand Royle migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Royle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Nathan Royle, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Mary Royle, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857

Contemporary Notables of the name Royle (post 1700) +

  • Mr. Dennis Royle CB, DSC, English Midshipman from London, England, who sailed aboard the HMS Repulse in 1925 prior to its sinking in 1941; he is famous for conceiving the idea that was to change the face of naval aviation: the angled flight deck
  • The Reverend Vernon Peter Fanshawe Archer Royle (1854-1929), English cricketer
  • Joe Royle (b. 1949), English football manager
  • Carol Royle (b. 1954), English actress
  • Sir Anthony Royle (1927-2001), Baron Fanshawe of Richmond, English politician
  • John Forbes Royle (1799-1858), British surgeon and naturalist, only son of Captain William Henry Royle, in the service of the East India Company, born at Cawnpore
  • Flight Lieutenant Paul Gordon Royle (1914-2015), Australian Royal Air Force pilot, one of the last survivors of the 76 men who were able to escape from the Stalag Luft III German prisoner-of-war camp in World War II in the Great Escape
  • Roger Royle (b. 1939), Anglican priest and broadcaster
  • Sir Lancelot Royle (1898-1978), British Olympic athlete and businessman
  • Derek Royle (1928-1990), British actor
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Dennis Royle, CB, Cambell DSC, English Midshipman from London, England, who sailed aboard the HMS Repulse in 1925 prior to its sinking in 1941he is famous for conceiving the idea that was to change the face of naval aviation: the angled flight deck [9]


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  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.
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th February 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/eliza
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/burrell
  9. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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