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Tilly Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin) and French: habitational name from any of various places in northern France called Tilly (Tiliacum in medieval records). Examples in Eure and Calvados are so called from a Gallo-Roman personal name Tilius (perhaps from Latin tilia ‘lime tree’) + the locative suffix -acum; one in Seine-et-Oise gets its name from the personal name Attilius + -acum. Irish: variant of Tully.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Billy, Sully, Lilly, Tilley, Gill, Dilly, Tully, Tally, Till, Iley

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Where is the Tilly family from?

You can see how Tilly families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tilly family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Tilly families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 19 Tilly families living in North Carolina. This was about 28% of all the recorded Tilly's in the USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Tilly families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Tilly surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Tilly ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Tilly. 22% of Tilly men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Tilly women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Tilly were Truck Driver and Waitress.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    22%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    15%
  • Housekeeper
    11%
  • Maid
    10%
  • Waitress
    8%
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Census Records

There are 28,000 census records available for the last name Tilly. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tilly census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Tilly. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Tilly. For the veterans among your Tilly ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Tilly lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Tilly life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Tilly in 1944 was 29, and 82 in 2004.

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