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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.

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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.

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.


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

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More information is included under the topic Early Rylant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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In England 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.

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