Stiles History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Stiles comes from when the family resided in the Cheshire area, some say before the Norman invasion of England, in 1066.

Early Origins of the Stiles family

The surname Stiles was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where the family held a family seat in early times. The earliest known bearer of the name was Reginald atte Stighel, who was recorded in the Assize Rolls of 1227. The Stiles family branched to other counties at an early date, also appearing in Somerset, where William de Stile and Osmund Atthe Stihele were living in 1229 and 1234 respectively, as well as in Sussex, where William ate Stegel was recorded in the Subsidy Rolls of 1296.

Early History of the Stiles family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stiles research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1543, 1500, 1624, 1702, 1656, 1659, 1603 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Stiles History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Stiles Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Stiles include Stiles, Styals, Styles, Style, Stoyle, Steggle, Steagall, Steggal and many more.

Early Notables of the Stiles family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Thomas Style, 1st Baronet of Wateringbury, Kent; and his son, Sir Thomas Style, 2nd Baronet (1624-1702) was an English politician, Member of Parliament for Kent (1656-1659.) William Style (1603-1679), was an "English legal author, eldest son of William Style...
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Ireland Migration of the Stiles family to Ireland

Some of the Stiles family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Stiles migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Stiles Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Francis Stiles, who settled in New England in 1630
  • Ffrancis Stiles, aged 35, who arrived in America in 1634 [1]
  • Francis Stiles, aged 35, who landed in New England in 1634 [1]
  • Henrie Stiles, aged 40, who arrived in America in 1634 [1]
  • Jo Stiles, who arrived in New England in 1634 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Stiles Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Stiles, who arrived in Virginia in 1716 [1]
  • Elizabeth Stiles, who settled in Virginia in 1721
  • John Stiles, who settled in Maryland in 1735
  • James Stiles, who arrived in Maryland in 1740 [1]
  • Joseph Stiles, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1741 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Stiles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Stiles, who arrived in America in 1805 [1]
  • John B Stiles, who arrived in America in 1809 [1]
  • Mr. Stiles, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1822 [1]
  • Isaac Stiles, who landed in New York in 1830 [1]
  • E N Stiles, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Stiles migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stiles Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Anthy Stiles, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • John Stiles, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Mr. Ashbel Stiles U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. Selah Stiles U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1785 he served in the Royal Regiment of New York [2]
  • John Stiles, who settled in Hawkes Bay, Labrador in 1787
Stiles Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Henry Stiles, who landed in Canada in 1828

Australia Stiles migration to Australia +

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

Stiles Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Henry Stiles, a shepherd, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • James Stiles, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. Richard Stiles, British Convict who was convicted in Surrey, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 20th July 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Susannah Stiles, aged 31, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Fatima" [5]

New Zealand Stiles 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:

Stiles Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Stiles, aged 20, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Strathnaver" in 1874
  • Pamela Stiles, aged 34, a dressmaker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Strathnaver" in 1874
  • Robert Stiles, aged 8, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Strathnaver" in 1874
  • George H. Stiles, aged 3, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Strathnaver" in 1874
  • Edward Stiles, aged 19, a dairyman, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1876

Contemporary Notables of the name Stiles (post 1700) +

  • Steve Stiles (1943-2020), American cartoonist and writer, winner of the 2016 Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist
  • T. J. Stiles, American Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning biographer
  • Rolland Mays Stiles (1906-2007), American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher
  • Julia O'Hara Stiles (b. 1981), American Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy nominated actress
  • Jackie Marie Stiles (b. 1978), American retired WNBA basketball shooting guard
  • Bert Stiles (1920-1944), American short story writer
  • Ryan Stiles (b. 1959), American actor and comedian, best known for his role on Two and a Half Men and Whose Line Is It Anyway?
  • John Dodson Stiles (1822-1896), American lawyer and politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania
  • Ezra Stiles (1727-1795), American theologian and educator, president of Yale University (1778-1795)
  • Charles Wardell Stiles (1867-1941), American zoologist, professor of medical zoology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • ... (Another 47 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Stiles +

  • 1469 A History of the David Stiles Family by Lois Ogden Stile Sparks.

  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th February 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1837
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque FATIMA 1850, 521 tons. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Fatima.htm


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