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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.

Rylance Early Origins



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.

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Rylance Spelling Variations


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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.

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Rylance Early History


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Rylance Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rylance research. Another 295 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1500 and 1822 are included under the topic Early Rylance History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rylance Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rylance Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Rylance Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rylance In Ireland


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Rylance In 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rylance (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rylance (post 1700)



  • J. B. Rylance, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1916
  • 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

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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    The Rylance Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rylance 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.

    This page was last modified on 19 November 2015 at 10:31.

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