Dillay is a name that was carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Dillay family lived in Dorset
. Their name, however, is a reference to Tilley, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066. While many of the family went to England
, some remained in Normandy
. One of the oldest records of the name found there was Haymon de Tellia listed in Normandy
in 960. "Robert de Tilly, and the Castle and Barony of Tilly, Normandy" CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
was listed in a roll dated 1180-95.
Early Origins of the Dillay family
The surname Dillay was 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. The Domesday Book
of 1086 lists Ralph de Tilly as holding lands in Devon
in 1083. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Early History of the Dillay family
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Dillay Spelling Variations
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 Dillay include Tilley, Tiley and others.
Early Notables of the Dillay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dillay family to Ireland
Some of the Dillay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dillay family to the New World and Oceana
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 Dillays to arrive on North American shores: Robert Tilley settled in Bird Island Cove about 1853; William Tilley settled in Bona Vista Newfoundland in 1665; Thomas Tilley was married in St. John's Newfoundland in 1784.