The history of the Stilles family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in the Cheshire
area, some say before the Norman invasion
, in 1066.
Early Origins of the Stilles family
The surname Stilles was first found in Bedfordshire
(Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England
, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon
kingdom of Mercia, where the family held a family seat
in early times. The earliest known bearer of the name was Reginald atte
Stighel, who was recorded in the Assize Rolls of 1227. The Stilles family branched to other counties at an early date, also appearing in Somerset
, where William de Stile and Osmund Atthe Stihele were living in 1229 and 1234 respectively, as well as in Sussex
, where William ate Stegel was recorded in the Subsidy Rolls
Early History of the Stilles family
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Stilles Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Stilles include Stiles, Styals, Styles, Style, Stoyle, Steggle, Steagall, Steggal and many more.
Early Notables of the Stilles family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Stilles family to Ireland
Some of the Stilles 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
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Migration of the Stilles family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Stilles or a variant listed above: Francis Stiles, who settled in New England
in 1630; Joan Stiles, who immigrated to Boston in 1635; Nathaniell Stiles, who came to Virginia in 1639; as did Elizabeth Stiles in 1721.