Lilley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Lilley family

The surname Lilley 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 Lilley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lilley research. Another 138 words (10 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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

Early Notables of the Lilley 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 known for his books "Euphues, The...
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Ireland Migration of the Lilley family to Ireland

Some of the Lilley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 70 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Lilley migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • Henry Lilley, who settled in Virginia in 1642
  • Richard Lilley, who settled in Virginia in 1656
  • George Lilley, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 [1]
  • John Lilley, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [1]
Lilley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Lilley, who settled in Virginia in 1774
Lilley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Richard Lilley, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1846 [1]
  • T Lilley, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • James Lilley, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1871 [1]

Australia Lilley migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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 [2]
  • Mr. George Lilley, English convict who was convicted in West Riding, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 27th September 1834, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. William Lilley, (b. 1814), aged 20, English convict who was convicted in West Riding, Yorkshire, England for 7 years for robbery, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 27th September 1834, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. Frederick Lilley, (b. 1815), aged 23, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 24th March 1838, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • 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 [5]

New Zealand Lilley migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Lilley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Captain W. Lilley, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Bank of England" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 10th October 1850 [6]
  • Mr. George Lilley, (b. 1831), aged 32, British farm labourer travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 16th February 1864 [6]
  • Mrs. Martha Lilley, (b. 1833), aged 30, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 16th February 1864 [6]
  • Miss Alice Lilley, (b. 1859), aged 4, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 16th February 1864 [6]
  • Mr. Arthur Lilley, (b. 1861), aged 2, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 16th February 1864 [6]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Lilley (post 1700) +

  • John E. Lilley (b. 1972), retired American professional ice hockey player
  • Alexander Spinning Lilley (1867-1925), American football coach
  • Robert Doak Lilley (1836-1886), American Confederate brigadier general during the American Civil War
  • Jen Lilley, American actress
  • Mial Eben Lilley (1850-1915), Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Kristina Lilley (b. 1963), American Colombian actress
  • John Lilley (b. 1954), American guitarist, singer, songwriter and guitar teacher
  • Robert "Bob" Lilley (b. 1966), American former soccer player and head coach
  • Taylor Paige Lilley (b. 1988), American professional basketball player
  • John Mark Lilley (b. 1939), American who served as the President of the University of Nevada
  • ... (Another 29 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Eric Charles Lilley, British Corporal, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [7]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Harold George Lilley (1920-1939), British Stoker 2nd Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [8]


  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)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bengal-merchant
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 13th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bengal-merchant
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  8. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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