Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Rylands family, who 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 Rylands 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 Rylands family
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Rylands Spelling Variations
hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Rylands were recorded, including Ryland, Roylance, Rylander, Rilands, Rylands and others.
Early Notables of the Rylands family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rylands family to Ireland
Some of the Rylands family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Rylands family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Rylands arrived in North America very early:
Rylands Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Rylands Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Rylands Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Rylands Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Rylands (post 1700)
Historic Events for the Rylands family
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