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The 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.

Rylands Early Origins



The surname Rylands 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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Rylands Spelling Variations


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Rylands Spelling Variations



Before the last few 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.

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Rylands Early History


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Rylands Early History



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

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Rylands Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rylands Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Rylands In Ireland


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Rylands In Ireland



Some of the Rylands 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



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

  • Thomas Rylands, who arrived in Maryland in 1684

Rylands Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J. W. Rylands, aged 36, who arrived in America from England, in 1892

Rylands Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • John Rylands, aged 27, who arrived in America from Liverpool, England, in 1906
  • John Rylands, aged 50, who arrived in America from Warwick, England, in 1906
  • Ralph Paul Rylands, aged 22, who arrived in America from Liverpool, England, in 1907
  • Henry Richard Rylands, aged 37, who arrived in America from Shildon, England, in 1907
  • Hannah Rylands, aged 57, who arrived in America from Lancaster, England, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rylands Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Frank Rylands, aged 34, who arrived in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, in 1914

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rylands (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rylands (post 1700)



  • Peter Rylands (1820-1887), English wire-manufacturer and politician in Lancashire
  • John Rylands (1801-1888), English weaver and entrepreneur, Manchester's first multi-millionaire
  • George Rylands CBE (1902-1999), English literary scholar and theatre director
  • Enriqueta Augustina Rylands (1843-1908), British philanthropist, founder of the John Rylands Library, Manchester

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Rylands Historic Events


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Rylands Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. William Deakin Rylands, English First Waiter from Seacombe, Cheshire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    4. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    7. 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).
    8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. 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 Rylands Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rylands 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.

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