Origin of the Name Till
The origin of the name Till
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants of Till include Tillson, Tills and Tilles. This is a baptismal name meaning, 'the son of Matilda' from the nickname Till, chiefly found in Yorkshire. This name is of English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in the above country. Examples of such are a Robert Tilleson who was recorded in the 'Preston Guild Rolls' in 1397. A John Tills, sheriff of Norwich, was recorded in the 'History of Norfolk' in the year 1485. Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired lands by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. In Ireland the name Till and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century. It is in Ulster as well as in Dublin that the majority of descendants can today be found.
The Till coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Till descendants.