Sisley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Sisley reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Sisley family lived in Gloucestershire, at the manor of Siston, from whence their name was derived.

Early Origins of the Sisley family

The surname Sisley was first found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Siston, held at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book, a survey of England taken by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England in Hastings in 1066 A.D. In this survey the village of Siston was held by Roger de Berkeley. Conjecturally they were descended from Roger, and as it was the tradition of Norman families, the second or third son usually adopted the name of his manor or lands.

Early History of the Sisley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sisley research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1661, 1690, 1720, 1749, and 1783 are included under the topic Early Sisley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sisley Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Sisley family name include Siston, Sistons, Syston, Sistun, Systun, Sisson, Sissons, Sysun, Sisun, Sissun, Sison, Sisons, Syson, Sysson, Session, Sesion and many more.

Early Notables of the Sisley family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the Sisley family to Ireland

Some of the Sisley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Sisley migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Sisley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Steven Sisley, aged 26, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Fortune" [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Sisley (post 1700) +

  • Lyman N. Sisley, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Panama, 1917 [2]
  • Sisley Huddleston (1883-1952), British journalist and writer imprisoned by the Free French in 1944, as a Vichy collaborator


  1. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 8th June 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Fortune 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/fortune1854.shtml.
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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