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Edmond Hoyle – He Made the Rules

Posted on June 16th, 2008

Edmond Hoyle (1672-1769), also known as Edmund Hoyle, One of the more famous portraits of Edmond Hoyle.was a gentleman and writer best known as an expert on the rules and playing strategies of card games. The well-known phrase “according to Hoyle” became part of the language as a reflection of Hoyle being considered the ultimate authority on the subject of card and board games.

The phrase “according to Hoyle” is most often used in situations when a speaker wants to indicate that his comment is based on some acknowledged level of authority, especially when a direct written reference is not available. In other words, a speaker is asserting that what he is saying or proposing is based on the highest authority and in accord with a strict set of rules. Read the rest of this entry »

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The History of the Hoyle surname

Posted on June 10th, 2008

The surname “Hoyle” originally had Welsh origins, but over time became a relatively common English surname.  Many American Hoyle families have their roots in the British Isles, and there are still many Hoyle families living in England and throughout the United Kingdom.  Hoyle families can also be found in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and most former British colonies and Commonwealth nations.  There are many prominent and influential Hoyle families living in both North and South America, residing in communities as far north as Alaska to southernmost Chile. 

In the United States, most Hoyle families living in New England and the northern midwestern states have their roots in the British Isles.  Even though “Hoyle” is clearly an English surname, the largest group of Hoyle families, however, are not descendents of British immigrants to the American colonies, but rather from settlers that came from Germany and other Prussian states. Read the rest of this entry »

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