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Where did the English Till family come from? What is the English Till family crest and coat of arms? When did the Till family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Till family history?

Till is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Till family lived in Dorset. Their name, however, is a reference to Tilley, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Till include Tilley, Tiley and others.

First found in Dorset where they held a family seat at Mersewood, where Henry Tilley from Tilley near Caen in Calvados acquired the confiscated estates of Geoffrey de Mandevill in 1083.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Till research. Another 164 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1571 and 1620 are included under the topic Early Till History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 40 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Till Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Till family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 99 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Tills to arrive on North American shores:

Till Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Daniel Till, who arrived in Virginia in 1655

Till Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Rosamond Till, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1700
  • Alixander Till, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Alexander Till, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1729
  • Niclaus Till, who landed in Carolina in 1736
  • Niclaus Till, his wife Anna Maria During, and their six children, who settled in Carolina in 1737


Till Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Peter Till, aged 21, arrived in New York, NY in 1849

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  • Emmett Louis "Bobo" Till (1941-1955), African-American teenager from Chicago, Illinois whose murder energized the American Civil Rights Movement
  • Peter Till (b. 1985), English footballer
  • James Edgar Till OC, O.Ont, FRSC (b. 1931), Canadian biophysicist
  • John Till (b. 1945), Canadian musician


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The Till Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Till 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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