Filler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Filler is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Filler family lived in Leicestershire. Their name, however, is a reference to Villiers, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.
Early Origins of the Filler family
The surname Filler was first found in Leicestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Rokesby from the time of the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William in 1066 A.D. Galderfridus de Villers of St. Evroult, accompanied Duke William into England with his son, Pagan de Villiers, who obtained the barony of Warrington in Lancashire and was also Lord of Crosby in that same shire.
Interestingly, "the present coat of arms is said to have been assumed in the reign of Edward I., as a badge of Sir Richard de Villars' services in the crusades."  The previous shield was "Sable, three cinquefoils argent."
Important Dates for the Filler family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Filler research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1485, 1544, 1531, 1532, 1537, 1538, 1539, 1550, 1606, 1574, 1626, 1621, 1625, 1620, 1689, 1656, 1711, 1591, 1657, 1592, 1628, 1628, 1687, 1682, 1721, 1654, 1693 and 1907 are included under the topic Early Filler History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Filler 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 Filler include Villers, Villiers, Villieres, Vilers, Viliers, Vilieres, Villars, Villere, Viller, Villier, Villiere, Viler, Vilier, Viliere, Villar, Villere, Devillieres and many more.
Early Notables of the Filler family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Villers of Brooksby; and his son, Sir John Villers (1485-1544), of Brooksby Hall, Leicestershire, an English politician, High Sheriff of Warwickshire and Leicestershire for 1531-1532 and 1537-1538, Member of the Parliament for Leicestershire in 1539; Sir George Villiers, of Brokesby (1550-1606), member of the English gentry; Sir Edward Villiers (c. 1574-1626), an English diplomat, office-holder and politician who sat in the House of Commons...
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Migration of the Filler family to Ireland
Some of the Filler family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 104 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Filler migration to the United States
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 Fillers to arrive on North American shores:
Filler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Balthazar Filler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 
- John Henry Filler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 
- John Geo Filler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1760 
- Waltzer Filler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1763 
- Battler Filler, who arrived in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1763 
Filler Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Agnes Filler, aged 49, who arrived in America, in 1909
- Andras Filler, aged 37, who arrived in America, in 1910
- Dora Filler, who arrived in America, in 1911
Contemporary Notables of the name Filler (post 1700)
- Louis Filler (1911-1998), American teacher and scholar specializing in American studies
- Martin Myles Filler (b. 1948), American architecture critic from Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Deborah Rachel "Deb" Filler (b. 1954), New Zealand born writer/performer, character artist and producer
- Patrícia Filler Amorim (b. 1969), former Olympic freestyle swimmer from Brazil
- ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)