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Where did the English Lilley family come from? What is the English Lilley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Lilley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Lilley family history?

It was among those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Lilley was formed. The name was derived from the popular female personal name Elizabeth. The name Lilley 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 Lilley belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.


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 Lilley include Lillie, Lilie, Lilley, Lilly and others.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lilley 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 Lilley History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 213 words(15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lilley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Lilley 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.


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 Lilley were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Lilley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Lilley, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • Henry Lilley settled in Virginia in 1642
  • Richard Lilley settled in Virginia in 1656
  • George Lilley, who arrived in Virginia in 1663
  • Jno Lilley, who landed in Virginia in 1664

Lilley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Lilley settled in Virginia in 1774

Lilley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard Lilley, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1846
  • T Lilley, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • James Lilley, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1871

Lilley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Lilley, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Joseph Lilley, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia


  • John Mark Lilley (b. 1939), American who served as the President of the University of Nevada
  • Taylor Paige Lilley (b. 1988), American professional basketball player
  • Robert "Bob" Lilley (b. 1966), American former soccer player and head coach
  • John Lilley (b. 1954), American guitarist, singer, songwriter and guitar teacher
  • Kristina Lilley (b. 1963), American Colombian actress
  • Mial Eben Lilley (1850-1915), Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Jen Lilley, American actress
  • Robert Doak Lilley (1836-1886), American Confederate brigadier general during the American Civil War
  • Alexander Spinning Lilley (1867-1925), American football coach
  • John E. Lilley (b. 1972), retired American professional ice hockey player



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The Lilley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lilley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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