Lillis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Lillis family

The surname Lillis was first found in Oxfordshire at Shirburn, a parish, in the union of Thame, hundred of Pirton. "This place was the property of Richard, Earl of Cornwall, and passed to Alice, wife of Warine de L'lsle, whose descendant of the same name obtained from Edward III. licence to embattle his house here. Shirburn Castle, the seat of the Earl of Macclesfield, is surrounded by a moat, over which is a drawbridge; it contains a noble hall, an armoury, and a suite of splendid apartments, with a fine collection of paintings, including a portrait of Catherine Parr, wife of Henry VIII." [1]

The same Alice de Lisle, (note spelling change) was lady of the manor of Alwarton, in 1332. [2]

"The family are descended from Radulphus de Insula, temp. William the Conqueror." [3]

Some of the family later held estates at Dibden in Southampton. "The church, a very ancient structure, has been thoroughly repaired and repewed, at a cost of £500, and some windows of painted glass have been inserted; it contains monuments to the Lisle family, who were lords of the manor, and of whom Lady Lisle was condemned to death by Judge Jeffries (Jeffreys)." [1]

Despite the aforementioned, Scotland has traditionally held the lion's share of the family and most people claim descent from there as "a family of this name were barons of Duchal in Renfrewshire as early as the beginning of the thirteenth century. They were of the same stock as the Northumberland family of 'de Insula' (as the name appears in Latin) or 'Lisle' (de Lisle, Delisle in French). The first of the name in Scotland appears to have been Radulphus or Ralph de Insula, a follower of the Steward, who witnessed the gift by Baldwin de Bigre, sheriff of Lanharc (Lanark), of the church of Innerkyp to the monks of Paisley, c. 1170." [4]

Early History of the Lillis family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lillis research. Another 152 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1058, 1296, 1610, 1664, 1617, 1685, 1632, 1716, 1659 and are included under the topic Early Lillis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lillis Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lyle, Lille, Lile, Lisle, Lyall, Lyal, Lyel and many more.

Early Notables of the Lillis family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was Sir John Lisle (1610-1664), an English lawyer and politician who supported the Parliamentarian cause in the English Civil War, one of the Regicides of King Charles I of England, he was assassinated by an agent of the crown while in...
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Ireland Migration of the Lillis family to Ireland

Some of the Lillis family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 76 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 Lillis migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lillis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Lillis, who arrived in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1844 [5]
  • Martin Lillis, who arrived in Vermont in 1847 [5]
  • James Lillis, who arrived in Vermont in 1849 [5]
  • Michael Lillis, who landed in New York in 1851 [5]

Canada Lillis migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lillis Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Joanna Lillis, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1841

Australia Lillis migration to Australia +

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

Lillis Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Ellen Lillis, (b. 1823), aged 27 born in Cornwall, UK convicted in Devonport on 22nd October 1850, sentenced for 7 years for stealing a shawl, transported aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1851 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [6]
  • Miss Ellen Lillis who was convicted in Devonport, Plymouth, Devon, England for 7 years , transported aboard the "Aurora" on 22nd April 1851, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [7]
  • Bridget Lillis, aged 18, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"

Contemporary Notables of the name Lillis (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Francis Lillis (1861-1938), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of Leavenworth, Kansas (1905-1910) and Bishop of Kansas City, Missouri (1913-1938)
  • Robert Perry Lillis (b. 1930), retired American Major League Baseball infielder, manager, coach and scout
  • Rachael Lillis (b. 1978), American actress and voice actor
  • Thomas Francis Lillis (1861-1938), American Republican politician, Speaker, Republican National Convention, 1928 [8]
  • John R. Lillis, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 1924 [8]
  • John F. Lillis, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Erie County 4th District, 1925, 1926 [8]
  • Joan F. Lillis, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1984 [8]
  • Jason Warren Lillis (b. 1969), English former professional footballer and manager
  • Stephen Lillis (b. 1986), Irish hurler who played from 2007 to 2012 for Tipperary
  • Joshua Mark "Josh" Lillis (b. 1987), English professional football goalkeeper
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Lillis Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sedulo et honeste
Motto Translation: Diligently and honestly.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  3. ^ Sims, Clifford Stanley The Origin and Signification of Scottish Surnames. 1862. Print.
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/tasmanian_convicts_cornish.pdf
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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