When the ancestors of the Tillay family emigrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Dorset
. Their name, however, is a reference to Tilley, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066. While many of the family went to England
, some remained in Normandy
. One of the oldest records of the name found there was Haymon de Tellia listed in Normandy
in 960. "Robert de Tilly, and the Castle and Barony of Tilly, Normandy" CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
was listed in a roll dated 1180-95.
Early Origins of the Tillay family
The surname Tillay was first found in Dorset
where they held a family seat
at Mersewood, where Henry Tilley from Tilley near Caen in Calvados acquired the confiscated estates of Geoffrey de Mandevill in 1083. The Domesday Book
of 1086 lists Ralph de Tilly as holding lands in Devon
in 1083. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Early History of the Tillay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tillay research.Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1571 and 1620 are included under the topic Early Tillay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tillay Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Tillay has been recorded under many different variations, including Tilley, Tiley and others.
Early Notables of the Tillay family (pre 1700)
Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tillay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Tillay family to Ireland
Some of the Tillay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Tillay family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Tillays were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Robert Tilley settled in Bird Island Cove about 1853; William Tilley settled in Bona Vista Newfoundland in 1665; Thomas Tilley was married in St. John's Newfoundland in 1784.