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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. 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" [1] was listed in a roll dated 1180-95.

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The surname Till 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. [2]

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Till research. Another 95 words (7 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 65 words (5 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 45 words (3 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 United States in the 17th Century


  • Daniel Till, who arrived in Virginia in 1655

Till Settlers in 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 United States in the 19th Century


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

Till Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Till, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia

Till Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Martha Till arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cossipore" in 1857
  • Caroline Till arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cossipore" in 1857
  • John Till arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cossipore" in 1857
  • Ann Till arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cossipore" in 1857
  • Mary Till arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cossipore" in 1857


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  • William Till, American politician, Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1742-43
  • George A. Till, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 40th District, 1916
  • 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
  • John Till (b. 1945), Canadian musician
  • James Edgar Till OC, O.Ont, FRSC (b. 1931), Canadian biophysicist


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  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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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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