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Where did the English Celedon family come from? What is the English Celedon family crest and coat of arms? When did the Celedon family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Celedon family history?Celedon is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest brought to England in 1066. The Celedon family lived in Devon. Ancient records reveal the name Celedon is derived from the Old English word saelig, meaning one who is happy and blessed.
Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Silley, Silly, Cele, Sully, Silliman and others.
First found in Devon where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. They were Lords of the manor of Rackenford, and were conjecturally descended from Jocelyn who held the lands at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086 A.D. from Baldwin, the Sheriff.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Celedon research. Another 183 words(13 lines of text) covering the year 1361 is included under the topic Early Celedon History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Celedon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Celedon or a variant listed above: Edward Silley settled in Virginia in 1635; Sarah Silley settled in Maryland in 1737; Hugh and John Silly settled in Barbados in 1660; Thomas Silly landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1877.
The Celedon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Celedon Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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