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Tilley is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Tilley 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.

Tilley Early Origins



The surname Tilley 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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Tilley Spelling Variations


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Tilley 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.

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Tilley Early History


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Tilley Early History



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

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Tilley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tilley Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Tilley In Ireland


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Tilley In Ireland



Some of the Tilley 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



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 Tilley name or one of its variants:

Tilley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Tilley and his wife Anne arrived aboard the "Mayflower" in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620
  • John and Joan Tilley with their daughter Elizabeth arrived on the "Mayflower" in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 from Bedfordshire
  • Ann Tilley, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620
  • Edward Tilley, who arrived aboard the "Mayflower" in Plymouth in 1620
  • Anne Tilley, who landed in Maryland in 1679

Tilley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Tilley arrived in Boston in 1716 with eight servants

Tilley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Tilley, who landed in New York in 1835
  • Benjamin Tilley, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1849

Tilley Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • William Tilley settled in Bona Vista, Newfoundland in 1665 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Tilley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Tilley was married in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1784 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Mr. James Tilley U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Samuel Tilley U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Samuel Tilley U.E. born in Brooklyn, New York, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he became a Freeman in 1785 was a Joiner [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Tilley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Tilley, who arrived in Canada in 1832
  • Robert Tilley settled in Bird Island Cove, Newfoundland about 1853 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Tilley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Tilley, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Brankenmoor"
  • Mary Tilley, aged 16, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Prince Regent"
  • George Tilley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Maria" in 1849
  • Joseph Tilley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Branken Moor" in 1849
  • Henry Tilley, aged 16, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Tilley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Tilley, aged 30, a farmer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Mary Ann Tilley, aged 28, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Jonathon Tilley, aged 29, a shoemaker, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842
  • Mary Tilley, aged 34, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842
  • William Tilley, aged 5, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Tilley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Tilley (post 1700)



  • Steven Tilley (b. 1971), American politician, former Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives
  • Colin Tilley (b. 1988), American award winning music video director who has worked with Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne and many more
  • Katie Tilley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 2004
  • John Tilley, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Rensselaer County, 1841
  • Henry W. Tilley, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Georgetown, District of Columbia, 1840-61
  • H. G. Tilley, American politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Granville County, 1887-90
  • Frank Tilley, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 5th District, 1910
  • Elena C. Tilley, American Republican politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 2012
  • Agnes Tilley, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2004, 2008
  • A. E. Tilley, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1924, 1944
  • ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Tilley


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Suggested Readings for the name Tilley



  • The Tilley Treasure by James B. King.

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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)
  3. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  6. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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The Tilley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tilley 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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