Origin of the Name Styles
The origin of the name Styles
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants of the name Stiles include Style, Styles and Stile. This is a locality name meaning 'of the stile', from a person who lived beside a stile. This name is of English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in that Country. Examples of such are a Richard de la Style, County Bedfordshire, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273. A John Atte Stile, County Oxfordshire, was also recorded in the same year in this ancient document.
Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. It was by creating, maintaining and updating these reference books that they were able to maintain their authority and enforce laws.
In Ireland this name is usually of immigrant origin having been introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from Scotland and England, especially during the seventeenth century. The name Styles has also been of prominence in County Wexford.
The Styles coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Styles descendants.