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The name Sully arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Sully family lived in Devon. Ancient records reveal the name Sully is derived from the Old English word saelig, meaning one who is happy and blessed.

Sully Early Origins



The surname Sully was first found in Devon where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. They were Lords of the manor of Rackenford, and were conjecturally descended from Jocelyn who held the lands at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086 A.D. from Baldwin, the Sheriff. The family may have originated in Cornwall as in "John Silly, gentleman of St. Wenn, altered his name from Ceely to Silly." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
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Sully Spelling Variations


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Sully Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Silley, Silly, Cele, Sully, Silliman and others.

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Sully Early History


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Sully Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sully research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 136 and 1361 are included under the topic Early Sully History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sully Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sully Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Sully or a variant listed above were:

Sully Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Sully settled in Virginia in 1611
  • Thomas Sully, who arrived in Virginia in 1611
  • Maudlyn Sully, who arrived in Virginia in 1620

Sully Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Sully settled in Maryland in 1774

Sully Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Sully settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1820
  • Ann Sully, aged 10, landed in New York in 1854
  • Catherine Sully, aged 3, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Jane Sully, aged 30, landed in New York in 1854
  • John Sully, aged 13, arrived in New York in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sully Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Marin Sully, who landed in Montreal in 1659

Sully Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin Sully, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  • John Sully, aged 40, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Marion"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sully (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sully (post 1700)



  • Thomas Sully (1783-1872), English-born, American portrait painter
  • James Sully (1842-1923), English psychologist
  • Sandra Sully (b. 1965), Australian senior news presenter
  • Leonard Thomas George Sully CBE,, Assistant General Manager, Covent Garden Market Authority

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Sully Historic Events


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Sully Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Samuel Thomas Watkins  Sully (1921-1942), British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking, died due to wounds in 1942

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831

Other References

  1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Sully Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sully 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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