Early Origins of the Ayliff family
The surname Ayliff was first found in Northumberland
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands. The first record is of a Ailef of Palestine who was preumably a returning Norman knight from the Holy Land about 1200. He, or his successors, held estates in that shire in 1175.
Early History of the Ayliff family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ayliff research.Another 126 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1534, 1585, 1563, 1627, 1621, 1622, 1592, 1662, 1661, 1662, 1618, 1675, 1685, 1631, 1722, 1676 and 1732 are included under the topic Early Ayliff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ayliff Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Ayloffe, Ayloff, Ayliffe, Ayliff and others.
Early Notables of the Ayliff family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Ayloffe (died 1585), an English judge of the Queen's Bench; Sir William Ayloffe, 1st Baronet
(1563-1627), English Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Stockbridge from 1621 to 1622, from Braxtead Magna, Essex; Sir Benjamin Ayloffe, 2nd Baronet
(1592-1662), an English landowner and politician... Another 111 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ayliff Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ayliff family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Ayliff or a variant listed above were: Edward Ayliffe, aged 38, who arrived at Ellis Island
, in 1922; Frank Ayliffe, aged 37, who arrived at Ellis Island
from London, England
, in 1909; Harry Ayliffe, aged 28, who arrived at Ellis Island
from London, in 1907.