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A habitational surname, shaped by folk etymology, from places in England, Riehale, Righale, Ryhill and Ryall, Old English ryge ‎(rye) + hyll ‎(hill), and Royle, ‎(roe) + hyll ‎(hill).

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A surname​.
  2. A male given name from the surname, or from the word "royal".
    • 1974 Patrick White, Five-Twenty, Shorter Novels and Stories, Cape 1974, ISBN 0224009923, page 173
      Royal - he had been his mother's little king. Most of his mates called him "Roy". Perhaps only her and Mrs Natwick had stuck to the christened name, they felt it suited.


Royal ‎(plural Royals)

  1. (soccer) someone connected with Reading Football Club, as a fan, player, coach etc.
  2. A person in a royal family, as the Prince of Wales.



  1. Used in terms of address or reference to members of a royal family.
  2. (Britain, by extension) Used in the names of organisations within the British government, as, the Royal Navy, Royal Mail.