Show ContentsIdler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the bearers of the Idler family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in the region of Idle at Calverley in Yorkshire. Idler is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

Early Origins of the Idler family

The surname Idler was first found in Herefordshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Idler family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Idler research. Another 134 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1193, 1202, 1363, 1379, 1401, 1410, 1455 and 1681 are included under the topic Early Idler History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Idler Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Idler include Idle, Idell, Idel, Idelle, Idil, Idill, Idille, Idylle, Idyll, Ydile and many more.

Early Notables of the Idler family (pre 1700)

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United States Idler migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Idler or a variant listed above:

Idler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Idler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 [1]
Idler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Friederich Idler, aged 27, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1806 [1]
  • Michael Idler, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1819 [1]
  • L Idler, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

  1. 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) on Facebook