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Twilley Early Origins



The surname Twilley was first found in Staffordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, Richard Toly held a family seat at St.Thomas was descended from the original under-tenant shown in the Domesday census. Later records show Reginald filius Toli branched to Lincolnshire in 1214.

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Twilley Spelling Variations


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Twilley Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Toli, Tooley, Toolly, Tooly, Thole, Tholi, Tulegh, Tuley, Twoley, Tuliegh and many more.

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Twilley Early History


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Twilley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Twilley research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1640, 1575 and 1623 are included under the topic Early Twilley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Twilley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Twilley Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Twilley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Nathan Tool settled in Virginia in 1635;Thomas settled in Virginia in 1654; Edward Toolly settled in New Haven, Connecticut in 1665.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Twilley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Twilley (post 1700)



  • Dwight Twilley (b. 1951), American pop/rock singer and songwriter
  • Howard James Twilley (b. 1943), American NFL wide receiver, the 1965 Heisman Trophy Runner-Up
  • Thomas J. Twilley, American Democrat politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates from Wicomico County, 1882

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Twilley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Twilley 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.

This page was last modified on 23 October 2015 at 10:37.

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