The Scottish surname Lyle, also found in England is ultimately of Norman origin and was brought to Britain in the 11th Century. The name may be a topographic name for someone who lived on an island, from the Old French and Middle English term isle (Latin insula). Then name may also be an habitational name for someone from the French city of Lille, or from various localities called Lisle, in Dordogne, Loir-et-Cher, Meuse, and Tarn, all of which derive their names from the Old French term isle. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Hunfridus de Insula. This was dated 1086, in the Domesday Book of Wiltshire.
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