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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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
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Tilbury 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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Migration of the Tilbury family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
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"
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)
- Charlotte Tilbury, British make-up artist
- John Tilbury (b. 1936), British pianist, one of the foremost interpreters of Morton Feldman's music