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
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
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.
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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
Rylance Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Rylance (post 1700)
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