Origins Available: English
The Illens family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from the baptismal name Aylwin.
The surname Illens referred to the son of Aylwin
Early Origins of the Illens family
The surname Illens was first found in Kent
, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Illens family
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Illens Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Illens include Illing, Iling, Illings, Illin, Illins, Illen and many more.
Early Notables of the Illens family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Illens family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Illens were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Charles Illins, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1837; Michael Illing to Philadelphia in 1860; and Thomas Illing to Philadelphia in 1866.