Rylant is a name that was carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Rylant 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 Rylant family
The surname Rylant 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 Rylant family
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Rylant Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Rylant include Ryland, Roylance, Rylander, Rilands, Rylands and others.
Early Notables of the Rylant family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rylant family to Ireland
Some of the Rylant 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 Rylant family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Rylants to arrive on North American shores: Thomas Ryland, who settled in Virginia in 1650; Thomas Ryland settled in Maryland in 1684; William Ryland settled in Maryland in 1731; John Ryland settled in Philadelphia in 1774. Octavius Ryland (c.1800-1886) was an English convict transported to Western Australia
, arriving at Fremantle on board the ".