The above links are relevant to my British surname ‘Wyles’ – the history of which is obscure. As a consequence, there a number of competing theories – including a possible English Celtic, Scottish Celtic, Viking (Pictish) and Flemish origination. However, in recent years we have discovered that our direct (male) line occupied a sleepy and picturesque village called Duddington in rural Lincolnshire, since at least the early 1500’s according to particular records, and in the general area from at least the 14th century. Interestingly there are Scottish records recording this surname, with different areas of Scotland associated with it. I once visited the Record Office of the Seaforth Highlanders in Scotland, and saw how a number of kilted men named Wyles had been killed in that regiment fighting in WWI. Since that time, I have had my Y-DNA (or ‘Paternal’ line) analysed and have published the results on the main The Wyles Family of Duddington website to assist others in their research into this surname. Professor Brian Sykes of Oxford University has told me that ‘E3b’ (or ‘E1b1’) is unusual for the British Isles, and is even known amongst Black African populations, as well as found in the Middle East, Greece, and in a rare occurrence – China. As my family is diverse, multicultural and internationalist, this is the best result I could have wished for. Recently, part of our family DNA – surname project has been picked up by the prestiges Scottish University of St Andrews for inclusion in their ‘Scotland and the Flemish People’ project:
The information contained on this page about the surname ‘Wyles’ is not all my own, and I do not necessarily agree with all the research – but it is interesting nonetheless. The assertion that ‘Adam Wyles’ of Yorkshire (1379) is the ‘first’ recorded ‘Wyles’ is incorrect. In the Ragman Rolls of 1291 a ‘Thomas Wyles’ is recorded, (he is also recorded in 1296). I have also seen Court Records for the Lincolnshire area that have people called ‘Wyles’ listed for an earlier date than ‘1379’. Today, I doubt the ‘Flemish’ origination for my branch of the Wyles Clan, as we lived for hundreds of years in one traceable village (Duddington) and was a prominent family in that place. If there had been any Flemish origination, it would have been recorded somewhere, but it was not. However, research is ongoing.