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The Anglo-Saxon name Lyly comes from the popular female personal name Elizabeth. The name Lyly 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 Lyly belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Lyly Early Origins



The surname Lyly 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.

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Lyly Spelling Variations


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Lyly Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Lyly were recorded, including Lillie, Lilie, Lilley, Lilly and others.

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Lyly Early History


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Lyly Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lyly 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 Lyly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lyly Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lyly Early Notables (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 Lyly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lyly In Ireland


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Lyly In Ireland



Some of the Lyly 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Lyly family emigrate to North America: John Lilie who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1738; Richard Lilley settled in Virginia in 1656; James Lilley settled in Virginia in 1774; Henry Lilley settled in Virginia in 1642.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Lyly (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Lyly (post 1700)



  • John Lyly (1554-1606), English dramatist

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