Ilsley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Ilsley surname is a habitational name taken on from the villages of East and West Ilsley on the Berkshire Downs. These place names are derived from the Old English words "hild," meaning "strife," or "battle," and " le-ah," which is a clearing in the woods.
Early Origins of the Ilsley family
The surname Ilsley was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Important Dates for the Ilsley family
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Ilsley Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Ilsley has been recorded under many different variations, including Illsley, Illsbey, Ilsley and others.
Early Notables of the Ilsley family (pre 1700)
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Ilsley migration to the United States
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Ilsley or a variant listed above:
Ilsley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Ilsley, who settled in New England in 1630 with his wife Barbara, and brother William
- William Ilsley, who arrived in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1638 
- John Ilsley, who landed in Salisbury, Massachusetts in 1639 
Ilsley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Arthur Ilsley, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States, in 1893
- Cyrus H. Ilsley, aged 54, who immigrated to the United States, in 1894
- Beckman F. Ilsley, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1896
Ilsley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Mary H Ilsley, aged 8, who immigrated to the United States from London, in 1903
- Spencer Ilsley, aged 38, who settled in America, in 1904
- Mary Ilsley, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1909
- Florence Ilsley, aged 36, who landed in America from Marlow, England, in 1912
- John Hartley Ilsley, aged 36, who settled in America from Marlow, England, in 1912
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Contemporary Notables of the name Ilsley (post 1700)
- Blaise Francis Ilsley (b. 1964), American former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher who played in 1994 with the Chicago Cubs
- Daniel Ilsley (1740-1813), American politician, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts
- Edward Ilsley (1838-1926), English priest, who became the first Roman Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham, England
- George Ilsley (1928-2016), Australian rules footballer
- James Lorimer Ilsley (1894-1967), Canadian politician and jurist, member of the Canadian House of Commons
- Laurence Ilsley Duncan, American politician, Justice of New Hampshire State Supreme Court, 1946-76 
- ^ 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)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html