Since I first posted I have learned through our Noel DNA Project that I am related to the Adams County, PA Noel's who cane from France in 1736. However there still could be a de Noailles - Noel connection as both family names originated in Normandy in the north of France.These people held vast estates in the Duchy of Noailles, Oise, France that dated prior to the 11th Century. The de Noailles were the Royalty. A knight, Robert Noel was with William, the Duke of Normandy, in his conquest of England in 1066.He became the Lord of Gainsborough by King Henry, King of England and Normandy.
I have read that on the French Islands the Mulatto's usually where the people who supervised the day to day work on the plantations. During the French Revolution, after Napoleon freed the slaves, this people were the subject of attacks by those former slaves they oversaw. Some of these people fled to the States. I recall a Noel in New Jersey. Others have migrated from time to time but I have not been able to learn anything. These people very likely took the name of the plantation and most likely were the sons and daughters of the overlords.