Tillery History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The history of the Tillery family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Dorset. Their name, however, is a reference to Tilley, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England 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"  was listed in a roll dated 1180-95.
Early Origins of the Tillery family
The surname Tillery 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. 
"The manor of West-Draynes [in Cornwall] formerly belonged to the family of Carew. It afterwards passed to that of Tillie, and it is now the property of J. Tillie Coryton, Esq." 
Early History of the Tillery family
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Tillery Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Tilley, Tiley and others.
Early Notables of the Tillery family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Celling, or perhaps more accurately Tilly of Selling (d. 1494), derived his name, according to Leland, from the village of Celling, or Selling, some two miles distant from Faversham in Kent: Hasted, however, assigns him to a family settled at Selling near Hythe. He appears to have been a monk of Christ Church...
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Migration of the Tillery family to Ireland
Some of the Tillery 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Tillery migration to the United States +
Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Tillery name or one of its variants:
Tillery Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Henry Tillery, who landed in Virginia in 1703 
- James Tillery, who arrived in New York in 1785 
Contemporary Notables of the name Tillery (post 1700) +
- Carlton Elijah Tillery (b. 1957), former American heavyweight boxer
- Dwight Tillery, American politician, Mayor of Cincinnati from 1991 to 1993
- Linda Tillery, American singer and percussionist
- Jack Tillery, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1940 
- Earl D. Tillery, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1996 
- Dwight Tillery, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio, 1991-93 
- Dale B. Tillery, American Democrat politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives 105th District; Elected 1994, 1996; Elected unopposed 1998; Elected 2000 
- Clinton Tillery, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1888 
- Celeste Tillery, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1996 
Related Stories +
- ^ 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)
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html