Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The Tillet family 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" 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 Tillet family
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 Tillet family
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Tillet Spelling Variations
Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Tillet family name include Tilley, Tiley and others.
Early Notables of the Tillet family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tillet family to Ireland
Some of the Tillet family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Tillet family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Tillet family to immigrate North America:
Tillet Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Tillet (post 1700)
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