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Tillett is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest brought to England in 1066. The Tillett 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" [1]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.

Tillett Early Origins



The surname Tillett 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. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

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Tillett Spelling Variations


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Tillett Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Tillett are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Tillett include Tilley, Tiley and others.

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Tillett Early History


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Tillett Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tillett research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1571 and 1620 are included under the topic Early Tillett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tillett Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tillett Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tillett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tillett In Ireland


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Tillett In Ireland



Some of the Tillett 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.

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The Great Migration



Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Tillett, or a variant listed above:

Tillett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Margarett Tillett, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • Tho Tillett, who arrived in Virginia in 1657
  • John Tillett, who landed in Virginia in 1662
  • Thomas Tillett, who landed in Maryland in 1674

Tillett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Tillett, who arrived in Virginia in 1701

Tillett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Tillett, aged 29, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Sumner"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Tillett (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Tillett (post 1700)



  • Wilbur Fisk Tillett (1854-1936), American clergyman and educator
  • Robert Tillett, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1964
  • Gladys Avery Tillett (1892-1984), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1932, 1940, 1956 (alternate); Assistant Chair, 1944; Speaker, 1944; Vice-Chair, 1948
  • Durant Howard Tillett (b. 1883), American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Camden County, 1907, 1913-14
  • Charles Walter Tillett Jr. (1888-1952), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1944
  • Bernice K. Tillett, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 1932
  • Benjamin Tillett (1860-1943), English trade union leader
  • Daniel Tillett, Australian biologist

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The Tillett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tillett Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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