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Where did the English Illey family come from? What is the English Illey family crest and coat of arms? When did the Illey family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Illey family history?
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Illey has undergone many spelling variations, including Illey, Ylley, Illie, Illes, Illiegh, Illeigh, Ilys, Ilyes, Iley, Ilney, Ile, Isle, Ilsley and many more.
First found in Norfolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that county.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Illey research. Another 308 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1306, 1455, 1487, 1510, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Illey History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Illey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Illey were among those contributors: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..
The Illey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Illey 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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