Ryall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Ryall arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Ryall 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 Ryall family

The surname Ryall 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 Ryall family

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

Ryall Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Royle, Royal, Royell, Royl, Roille, Riall, Ryle, Ryall, O'Riall and many more.

Early Notables of the Ryall family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Ryall family to Ireland

Some of the Ryall 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 Ryall migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Ryall or a variant listed above were:

Ryall Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Ryall, who settled in Virginia in 1651
  • Edward Ryall, who arrived in Virginia in 1651 [6]
  • Joseph Ryall, who settled in New England in 1680
  • Joseph Ryall, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1680 [6]
  • Phillipp Ryall, aged 21, who landed in Maryland in 1683 [6]
Ryall Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Ryall, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1744 [6]
Ryall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Ryall, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1840

Australia Ryall migration to Australia +

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

Ryall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Ryall, British Convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life, transported aboard the "Countess of Harcourt" on 8th April 1821, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [7]
  • Moses Ryall, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837 [8]
  • Frances Ryall, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837 [8]
  • Mr. Thomas Ryall, (b. 1828), aged 27, Cornish agricultural labourer departing from Plymouth on 27th September 1854 aboard the ship "Birmingham" arriving in Portland, Victoria, Australia on 6th January 1855 [9]
  • Mrs. Jane Ryall, (b. 1830), aged 25, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth on 27th September 1854 aboard the ship "Birmingham" arriving in Portland, Victoria, Australia on 6th January 1855 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Ryall 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:

Ryall Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Ryall, aged 25, a baker, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1876

Contemporary Notables of the name Ryall (post 1700) +

  • Daniel Bailey Ryall (1798-1864), American Democratic Party politician
  • Christopher "Chris" Ryall (b. 1969), American Chief Creative Officer and Editor-in-Chief of IDW Publishing
  • George Ryall (b. 1958), English professional golfer
  • David Ryall (b. 1935), English actor, known for his roles in City of Ember (2008) and Around the World in 80 Days (2004)
  • Henry Thomas Ryall (1811-1867), English line, stipple and mixed-method engraver, appointed the royal engraver by Queen Victoria
  • William Bolitho Ryall (1891-1930), born Charles William Ryall, a South African journalist, writer and biographer
  • Anthony Boyd Williams "Tony" Ryall (b. 1964), New Zealand politician, 38th Minister of Health (2008)
  • Richard James Ryall (b. 1959), former South African first class cricketer
  • Deanne Sharon "Dee" Ryall (b. 1967), Australian politician, Member of the Victorian Parliament for Mitcham (2010)
  • James Ryall (b. 1980), Irish sportsperson
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Royal Oak
  • Maurice George Ryall (1923-1939), British Boy Signalman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [10]


  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.
  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 24th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/countess-of-harcourt
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm
  9. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  10. ^ 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


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