The name Lily has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon
name that was originally derived from the popular female personal name Elizabeth.
The name Lily 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 Lily 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 Lily family
The surname Lily 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 Lily family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lily 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 Lily History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Lily Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Lily include Lillie, Lilie, Lilley, Lilly and others.
Early Notables of the Lily 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 Lily Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Lily family to Ireland
Some of the Lily family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Lily family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Lily Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Lily, who arrived in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1843 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Lily (post 1700)
- Robert H. Lily, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 48th District, 1897-98 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Mary Lily Nuckolls, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1996, 2000 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, May 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Lily K. Tejeira, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Democrats Abroad, 1988
- Lily Mackall, American messenger for Rose Greenhow, a Confederate spy in the American Civil War
- Lily Camille McMenamy (b. 1994), American-born, English model and actress, daughter of Kristen McMenamy
- Lily Blatherwick (1854-1934), English painter, best known for her painting Wintry Weather which was included in the 1905 book Women Painters of the World
- Lily Eskelsen, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Utah 2nd District, 1998 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Lily Kronberger (1890-1974), Hungarian competitive figure skater, Hungary’s first World Champion
- Lily Spottiswoode, American producer, known for her work on 16 and Pregnant (2009), Morning Movement (2011) and The Search for General Tso (2014)
- Miss Lily Sharplin, English imitator in London in the early 1900s, best known for her performance at the Britannia Theatre in 1900