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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.
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.
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.
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 and printed products wherever possible.
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 Lilley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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 and printed products wherever possible.
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
Lilley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Lilley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Lilley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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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