Ryle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Ryle is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Ryle family 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 Ryle family

The surname Ryle 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 Ryle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ryle research. Another 304 words (22 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 Ryle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ryle Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Royle, Royal, Royell, Royl, Roille, Riall, Ryle, Ryall, O'Riall and many more.

Early Notables of the Ryle family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Ryle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Ryle family to Ireland

Some of the Ryle 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 Ryle migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Ryle or a variant listed above:

Ryle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary Ryle, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [1]
Ryle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Beatrice Ryle, aged 5, who landed in America from Sunderland, in 1892
  • Carry Ryle, aged 45, who immigrated to America, in 1893
  • Edith W. Ryle, aged 17, who settled in America, in 1893
Ryle Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • E.W. Ryle, aged 45, destined for Detroit, in 1903
  • Arthur Ryle, aged 43, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Elbert C. Ryle, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Cynthia W. Ryle, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1914
  • Edna Ryle, aged 54, who immigrated to New York, N.Y., in 1922

Canada Ryle migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ryle Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Daisy Ryle, aged 25, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1913

New Zealand Ryle 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:

Ryle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Ryle, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "John Wesley" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th January 1852 [2]
  • Mr. Ryle, (b. 1833), aged 19, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "John Wesley" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th January 1852, he died on board [2]
  • Ellen Ryle, aged 26, a dairymaid, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879

Contemporary Notables of the name Ryle (post 1700) +

  • John Ryle (1817-1887), American businessman in the silk industry
  • John Ryle, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Paterson, New Jersey, 1869-70 [3]
  • J. L. Ryle, American politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives from Ware County, 1949-50 [3]
  • Anthony Ryle (1927-2016), English physician, a pioneer in cognitive analytic therapy
  • The Rt Revd Dr. Herbert Edward Ryle DD, KCVO (1856-1925), English Old Testament scholar, Dean of Westminster
  • John Charles Ryle (1816-1900), first Anglican bishop of Liverpool
  • Sir Martin Ryle (1918-1984), British radio astronomer who developed revolutionary radio telescope systems. He shared the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1974
  • Gilbert Ryle (1900-1976), English philosopher


  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. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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