The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Liley came from the popular female personal name Elizabeth.
The name Liley is a metronymic
surname, which is derived from the name of the mother. Occasionally, the surname is derived from residence in the settlement of Lilley in Hertfordshire
or in the place called Lilly in Berkshire. In this case, the name Liley belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Liley family
The surname Liley was first found in Worcestershire
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.
Early History of the Liley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Liley research.Another 275 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1560, 1618, 1680, 1553, 1606, 1578, 1580, 1602, 1681, 1652 and 14 y are included under the topic Early Liley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Liley 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. Liley has been recorded under many different variations, including Lillie, Lilie, Lilley, Lilly and others.
Early Notables of the Liley family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), born Pieter van der Faes, a Dutch painter whose career was nearly all spent in England
, where he became the dominant portrait painter to the court; John Lyly (Lilly or Lylie; c.1553-1606), an English writer, poet, dramatist, playwright, and politician, best... Another 62 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Liley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Liley family to Ireland
Some of the Liley family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 127 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Liley family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Liley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Liley, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1874
- Maria Liley, aged 15, a servant, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1874
- Harriet Liley, aged 13, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1874
Contemporary Notables of the name Liley (post 1700)
- Sir William Liley KCMG, FRSNZ (1929-1983), New Zealand obstetrician and medical researcher