Ill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Ill family

The surname Ill was first found in Worcestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Ill family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ill research. Another 166 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1041, 1543, 1046, 1092, 1153, 1166, 1451, 1539, 1455, 1487, 1810, 1510 and 1570 are included under the topic Early Ill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ill Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Ill are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Ill include: Alye, Allye, Allie, Alley, Aley, Allee, Aleigh and many more.

Early Notables of the Ill family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include William Alley (1510?-1570), English divine, Bishop of Exeter, a native of Chipping Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. "Early in the reign of Queen Elizabeth he became divinity reader at St. Paul's...
Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Ill migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Ill or a variant listed above:

Ill Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ann ill, who landed in Virginia in 1636 [1]
  • Robert ill, who arrived in Virginia in 1655 [1]
Ill Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Barbil ill, aged 27, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732 [1]
  • Ambrosius ill, who landed in Georgia in 1734-1741 [1]
  • John Nicholas ill, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1761 [1]
Ill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jane ill, aged 48, who landed in Massachusetts in 1813 [1]
  • Jacob ill, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • Frank ill, who landed in America in 1854 [1]
  • Pat ill, aged 26, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • J Adam ill, aged 25, who landed in North America in 1869 [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)


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