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Cilley is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest brought to England in 1066. The Cilley family lived in Devon. Ancient records reveal the name Cilley is derived from the Old English word saelig, meaning one who is happy and blessed.

Cilley Early Origins



The surname Cilley was 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. The family may have originated in Cornwall as in "John Silly, gentleman of St. Wenn, altered his name from Ceely to Silly." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
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Cilley Spelling Variations


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Cilley Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Cilley are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Cilley include Silley, Silly, Cele, Sully, Silliman and others.

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Cilley Early History


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Cilley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cilley research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 136 and 1361 are included under the topic Early Cilley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cilley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cilley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Cilley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Cilley, or a variant listed above:

Cilley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Cilley, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cilley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cilley (post 1700)



  • Clinton Albert Cilley (1837-1900), American lawyer and judge, and a recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Joseph Cilley (1734-1799), New Hampshire state senator and general
  • Bradbury Cilley (1760-1831), United States Representative
  • Joseph Cilley (1791-1887), United States Senator
  • Jonathan Cilley (1802-1838), American member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maine
  • Jonathan Cilley (1802-1838), American politician, Representative from Maine 3rd District, 1837-38
  • John Cilley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 2004
  • Gordon H. Cilley, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 8th District, 1924
  • G. Carroll Cilley, American Republican politician, Elected New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Concord 7th Ward 1956
  • Bradbury P. Cilley, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Manchester, New Hampshire, 1867-70
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  11. ...

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

This page was last modified on 28 November 2016 at 20:02.

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