Tilbury History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Tilbury family

The surname Tilbury was first found in Essex at Tilbury, a town in the borough of Thurrock. Tilbury dates back to 731 when it was listed as Tilaburg, but by the Domesday Book of 1086, the town's name ha devolved to Tiliberia. [1] Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the village and lands of Tilbury, held by Randolph from Earl William de Warren, who was recorded in the Domesday Book. There are various theories of how the town got it's name, but the strongest theory is that it literally meant "stronghold of a man called Tila," from the Old English personal name + "burgh." [2] where the word Tila means "the useful one." The settlement dates back to Roman times where there is archaeological evidence of a Roman settlement on the site of what is now Tilbury Docks. Tilbury is home to a 16th-century fort and an ancient cross-river ferry that dates back to at least 1640.

Early History of the Tilbury family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tilbury research. Another 54 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 127 and 1273 are included under the topic Early Tilbury History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tilbury Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Tilbury, Tillbury, Tillborough, Tilberry, Tilburry, Tilbro, Tilborrow and many more.

Early Notables of the Tilbury family (pre 1700)

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Australia Tilbury migration to Australia +

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

Tilbury Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Tilbury, aged 20, a cook, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Utopia"

New Zealand Tilbury migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Tilbury Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Tilbury, aged 23, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Tilbury (post 1700) +

  • Zeffie Tilbury (1863-1950), English actress, known for The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Werewolf of London (1935) and Camille (1921)
  • Peter Tilbury (b. 1945), Cornish BAFTA Award nominated writer and actor, known for Shelley (1979), Chef! (1993) and It Takes a Worried Man (1981)
  • Mrs. Charlotte Tilbury M.B.E., British Make-up Artist and Entrepreneur, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to the Beauty and Cosmetics Industry [3]
  • Charlotte Tilbury, British make-up artist
  • John Tilbury (b. 1936), British pianist, one of the foremost interpreters of Morton Feldman's music


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 4 July 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1


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