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The distinguished surname Wyles emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. Occupational surnames were derived from the common trades of the medieval era. The surname Wyles is an occupational name for a person employed in trapping fish. The surname Wyles is derived from the late Old English word wil, which means trick and was used to refer to mechanical devices such as windmills or traps. This derivation of the name Wyles is supported by the existence of the Old English word wyle, which refers to a wicker trap for catching fish, particularly eels. Historians also suggest that the surname may have also been a nickname applied to a cunning man or someone "of many wiles."

Wyles Early Origins



The surname Wyles was first found in Sussex where they held a family seat from early times.

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Wyles Spelling Variations


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Wyles Spelling Variations



Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Wiles, Willes, Wyles and others.

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Wyles Early History


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Wyles Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wyles research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1693, 1773, 1773, 1685 and 1761 are included under the topic Early Wyles History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wyles Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wyles Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent in the family at this time was Edward Willes (1693-1773), an English Anglican Bishop of St David's and later Bishop of Bath and Wells; he died in London in 1773, and...

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wyles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Wyless were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Wyles Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Card Philip Wyles, aged 28, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741

Wyles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Charles Wyles, aged 31, arrived in New York, NY in 1872
  • Bryan Wyles, who landed in Virginia in 1887
  • John Wyles, who landed in Virginia in 1887

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wyles (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wyles (post 1700)



  • Chris Wyles (b. 1983), American-born, British rugby union player, captain of the USA national sevens team
  • Robert Wyles, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Mangonui, 1884-98
  • Charl C. L. B. Wyles, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Frankfort, 1926-32
  • Harold "Harry" Wyles (1922-1982), English footballer who played from 1945 to 1954
  • Lilian Mary Elizabeth Wyles (1885-1975), British police detective chief inspector

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Wyles Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    8. 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).
    9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    11. ...

    The Wyles Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wyles Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 9 May 2016 at 12:20.

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