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The surname Tilton was first found in Leicestershire where it first appeared around the middle of the 12th century. The suffix "-ton," meaning town, indicates that the name Tilton is local in its origin, meaning "Farmstead or village of a man called Tila." Tila is a personal name from Old English.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Tilton, Tiletone and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tilton research. Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1218 and 1327 are included under the topic Early Tilton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tilton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • William Tilton settled in Lynn Massachusetts in 1630
  • John Tilton, who arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Peter Tilton arrived in New England in 1640
  • William Tilton landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1640
  • Peter Tilton, who landed in New England in 1640


Tilton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Elizabeth Tilton arrived in Pennsylvania in 1709
  • Elizabeth Tilton, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1709

Tilton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • S S Tilton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Barclay Tilton, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from England, in 1892
  • Edward J. Tilton, aged 33, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • E. B. Tilton, aged 26, who settled in America from London, in 1894
  • Chas. Leonard Tilton, aged 29, who settled in America, in 1896

Tilton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • C. S. Tilton, who emigrated to America, in 1903
  • A.S. Tilton, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Alice B. Tilton, who emigrated to the United States from Longton, England, in 1906
  • Clint C. Tilton, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Edgar Tilton, aged 45, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910


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  • Edwin B. Tilton (1859-1926), American silent film actor
  • Colonel Henry Remsen Tilton (1836-1906), American Army surgeon, recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Martha Tilton (1915-2006), American singer, best-known for her 1939 recording of "And the Angels Sing" with Benny Goodman
  • Chris Tilton (b. 1979), American soundtrack composer
  • James Tilton (1745-1822), American physician and soldier, delegate for Delaware in the Continental Congress of 1783 and 1784, Surgeon General of the United States Army during the War of 1812
  • Theodore Tilton (1835-1907), American newspaper editor, poet and abolitionist
  • Edward Lippincott Tilton (1861-1933), American architect from New York
  • William Stowell Tilton (1828-1889), American businessman and soldier who led a regiment in the Battle of Gettysburg
  • Charles E. Tilton, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Hampshire, 1916, 1920
  • Clint C. Tilton, American politician, Delegate to Illinois convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933

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  • Tilton Territory: A Historical Narrative, Warren Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, 1775-1838 by Robert H. Richardson.
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  8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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