Styles History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The present generation of the Styles family is only the most recent to bear a name, whose roots date back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The surname is derived from the Old English "stigol," meaning "stile, steep ascent," and refers to a "dweller by the stile." [1] [2] A stile is a set of steps over a stone wall or wooden fence allowing people to traverse, but prevents animals from doing so.

Early Origins of the Styles family

The surname Styles 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 Styles 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. [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: Richard de la Style, Bedfordshire; John atte Stile, Oxfordshire; and Robert ate Stiele, Oxfordshire. [2]

Early History of the Styles family

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Styles Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Styles have been found, including Stiles, Styals, Styles, Style, Stoyle, Steggle, Steagall, Steggal and many more.

Early Notables of the Styles 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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Styles Ranking

In the United States, the name Styles is the 3,987th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [4]

Ireland Migration of the Styles family to Ireland

Some of the Styles 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 Styles migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Styles, or a variant listed above:

Styles Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jane Styles, who landed in Virginia in 1649 [5]
  • Samuel Styles, who arrived in Maryland in 1663 [5]
  • Ann Styles, who landed in Maryland in 1673 [5]
  • Daniel Styles, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1683 [5]
Styles Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Reuben Styles, who settled in Maryland in 1774
Styles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Clinton Styles, aged 30, who arrived in New York in 1812 [5]
  • Robert Styles, aged 50, who landed in New York in 1812 [5]
  • W C Styles, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [5]

Canada Styles migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Styles Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. William Styles U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 449 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [6]
Styles Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • T Styles, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Australia Styles migration to Australia +

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

Styles Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Herbert Styles, (Stiles), British Convict who was convicted in India, transported aboard the "Eagle" in 1810, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he was one of four men reported to have seized the "Speedwell" in 1814 and disappeared [7]
  • George Styles, a clerk, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mr. Henry Styles, British Convict who was convicted in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada for 14 years, transported aboard the "Candahar" on 26th March 1842, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [8]
  • George Styles, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glen Huntley" in 1849 [9]
  • James Styles, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Amazon" [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Styles 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:

Styles Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Captain Styles, Australian settler travelling from Newcastle, New South Wales aboard the ship "Eagle" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 6th October 1842 [11]
  • Miss. Mary Styles, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Royal Albert" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 6th March 1853 [12]
  • Henry Styles, aged 30, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • Emma Styles, aged 27, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • Emily Styles, aged 5, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Styles (post 1700) +

  • Harry Edward Styles (b. 1994), English singer, songwriter, and actor. His musical career began in 2010 as a solo contestant on the British music competition series The X Factor, he was placed with boy band One Direction, which went on to become one of the best-selling boy bands of all time. In 2017 he released his 1st solo album, at the same time as starting his acting debut. He has earned several accolades, including a Brit Award, a Grammy Award, and an American Music Award
  • Margaretta Madden Styles (1930-2005), American nurse, author, educator and nursing school dean
  • Wes Styles, American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer
  • William Graves "Lena" Styles (1899-1956), American former professional baseball player
  • Lorenzo Styles (b. 1974), former professional American football player
  • James Styles (1841-1913), English-born, Australian politician
  • Arthur Styles (b. 1949), English former professional association footballer
  • Robert Styles (b. 1964), English football Referee
  • Ray Styles (1989-2020), born Emmanuel Apraku, a Ghanaian pencil artist, keyboardist, and footballer who created his own brand in the form of pencil art, graphic design, and caricature
  • Miss Karen Ann Styles M.B.E., British Warrant Officer Class 2 for the Adjutant General's Corps (Staff and Personnel Support Branch) was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 17th June 2017
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 13th August 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/eagle
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/candahar
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The GLEN HUNTLEY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849GlenHuntly.htm
  10. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AMAZON 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/amazon1852.shtml
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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