Rylance is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Rylance family lived in Lincolnshire
. This name is a topographical reference to land owned by the Rye
family in this county. Rye is also topographical and indicates that the original bearer of the name lived near to a field of rye,
and was distinguished by this proximity.
Early Origins of the Rylance family
The surname Rylance was first found in Lincolnshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Rylance family
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Rylance Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Ryland, Roylance, Rylander, Rilands, Rylands and others.
Early Notables of the Rylance family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rylance family to Ireland
Some of the Rylance family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 90 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rylance family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Rylance or a variant listed above:
Rylance Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Walter Rylance, who arrived in Arkansas in 1890 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)
Rylance Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Harry Rylance, aged 4, who landed in America from Newton Heath, England, in 1909
- Elizabeth Rylance, aged 53, who emigrated to the United States from Manchester, England, in 1910
- Henry Rylance, aged 32, who settled in America from Hyde, England, in 1913
- Mary Ann Rylance, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States from Hyde, England, in 1913
- John Rylance, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1924
Contemporary Notables of the name Rylance (post 1700)
- J. B. Rylance, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1916 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Ronald "Ron" Rylance (b. 1924), retired professional Rugby League World Cup winning footballer
- Juliet Rylance (b. 1979), born Juliet van Kampen, English Obie Award-winning actress
- Georgina Elizabeth Rylance (b. 1978), English actress, best known for her role in Dinotopia
- Mark Rylance (b. 1960), English actor, theatre director and playwright
- Mervyn Hamilton "Merv" Rylance (1906-1983), Australian rugby union player