Tillinghast History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Tillinghast family

The surname Tillinghast was first found in Norfolk at Dillington, a hamlet, in the parish of East Dereham, union of Mitford and Launditch, hundred of Launditch. [1]

Here, the name dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as a tenant of the village and lands of Didlington or Dillington, held by William de Warren, a Norman Baron, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. [2]

The Tillinghast variant originated in Sussex at Tillinghurst where the first on record was Ralph de Tellingherst who was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1230. [3]

Early History of the Tillinghast family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tillinghast research. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1628, 1575, 1664, 1604, 1655, 1634, 1687, 1659, 1685, 1664, 1689, 1706, 1622, 1718, 1678 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Tillinghast History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tillinghast Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dillington, Didlington, Dillinton, Dillenton, Dillonton, Dyllington, Dillyngton, Tillington, Tilington and many more.

Early Notables of the Tillinghast family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Robert Dillington, 1st Baronet (ca. 1575-1664), an English aristocrat; John Tillinghast (1604-1655), an English clergyman and Fifth-monarchy man, known for his confrontation with Oliver Cromwell, and millenarian writings; Sir Robert Dillington, 2nd Baronet (ca. 1634-1687), an English politician...
Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tillinghast Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Tillinghast migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tillinghast Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Pardon Tillinghast, who arrived in Providence, Rhode Island in 1643 [4]
Tillinghast Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • H H Tillinghast, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]
Tillinghast Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Charles L. Tillinghast, aged 47, originally from Providence, Rhode Island, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Brazos" from San Juan, Puerto Rico [5]
  • William J. Tillinghast, aged 23, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Tashmo" from Cork, Ireland [6]
  • Lillian Tillinghast, arrived in New York, NY in 1920 aboard the ship "Mexico" from Havana, Cuba [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Tillinghast (post 1700) +

  • Pardon E. Tillinghast, American politician, Justice of Rhode Island State Supreme Court, 1889-99 [8]
  • Joseph Leonard Tillinghast (1791-1844), American politician, Speaker of the Rhode Island State House of Representatives, 1829-32; U.S. Representative from Rhode Island at-large, 1837-43 [8]
  • Jefferson Tillinghast, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Herkimer County, 1847 [8]
  • Henry Tillinghast, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Herkimer County 1st District, 1865 [8]
  • Henry Tillinghast, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Herkimer County, 1823, 1835 [8]
  • George W. Tillinghast, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Canterbury, 1910 [8]
  • Fred W. Tillinghast, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Plainfield, 1926 [8]
  • Frank W. Tillinghast, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 1912 [8]
  • Benjamin F. Tillinghast, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Cortland County, 1864 [8]
  • Anna M. Tillinghast, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 1972 [8]
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Q5-JQ7 : 6 December 2014), Charles L. Tillinghast, 11 Mar 1919; citing departure port San Juan, Puerto Rico, arrival port New York, ship name Brazos, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6CD-JZK : 6 December 2014), William J. Tillinghast, 28 Dec 1920; citing departure port Cork, Ireland, arrival port New York, ship name Tashmo, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6CT-2M5 : 6 December 2014), LILLIAN TILLINGHAST, 06 Apr 1920; citing departure port HAVANA, CUBA, arrival port NEW YORK, NY, ship name Mexico, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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