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Shillito Coat of Arms / Shillito Family Crest

Shillito Coat of Arms / Shillito Family Crest

SHILLITO was a locational name 'the dweller on the steep mountain path'. Although this is a great Yorkshire surname, it has been impossible to completely identify the spot from which the original name was derived although it was probably from the area of the parish of Featherstone in West Yorkshire. The name was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. Almost every city, town or village existing in the Middle Ages has served to name one or more families. Where a man lived was his means of identification. When a man left his birthplace or village where he had been known, and went elsewhere, people would likely refer to him by the name of his former residence or birthplace, or by the name of the land which he owned. Early records mention Adam Selito who appears in County Yorkshire in the year 1273, and Joannes Sellito of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. John, son of Peter Selleta was baptised at St. Mary, Aldermary, London in the year 1721. The names introduced into Britain by the Normans during the Invasion of 1066 were of three kinds. There were names of Norse origin which their ancestors had carried into Normandy; names of Germanic origin which the Frankish conquerors had brought across the Rhine and which had ousted the old Celtic and Latin names from France, and Biblical names and names of Latin and Greek saints. These names they retained even after the customs and language of the natives of Northern France had been adopted by them. After the Norman Conquest not only Normans, but Frenchmen and Bretons from other parts of France settled in England, and quite a few found their way north into Scotland. Most of the European surnames were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name.


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