The name Tillitt was brought to England
in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Tillitt family lived in Dorset
. Their name, however, is a reference to Tilley, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
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 Tillitt family
The surname Tillitt 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. 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 Tillitt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tillitt research.Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1571 and 1620 are included under the topic Early Tillitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tillitt Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Tillitt have been found, including Tilley, Tiley and others.
Early Notables of the Tillitt family (pre 1700)
Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tillitt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Tillitt family to Ireland
Some of the Tillitt 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.
Migration of the Tillitt family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Tillitt were among those contributors: Robert Tilley settled in Bird Island Cove about 1853; William Tilley settled in Bona Vista Newfoundland in 1665; Thomas Tilley was married in St. John's Newfoundland in 1784.
Contemporary Notables of the name Tillitt (post 1700)
- Glenn Tillitt, American politician, Mayor of Beardstown, Illinois, 1954 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html