Recorded in the spellings of Tyler, Tiler, Tiller and Tylor, this interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon and French origins. It was originally an occupational surname for a maker or layer of tiles. The derivation is either from the Olde English pre 7th Century word "tigele", itself from the Latin "tegula", meaning to cover or from an early French form introduced into English by the Normans after the Conquest of 1066, and derived from the words "tieuleor or tuilier". It would seem that the first recording of the name (see below) is from this source, but it has not survived as a modern surname. Tiles were used for floors and pavements during the Middle Ages, and were not used for roofing to any great extent until the 16th Century. The surname development includes: Robert le Tiler (1222, Essex); Geoffrey le Tylere (1279, Huntingdonshire); and Simon le Tyeler of Norfolk in 1286, whilst Wat Tyler was the leader of the Peasants Revolt in England in 1381. John Tyler (1790 - 1862) was the tenth president of the United States of America in 1841. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Roger le Tuiler, which was dated 1185, in records of the Knight Templars in the 12th Century. This was during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Tiller — Till er, n. [From OE. tillen, tullen, to draw, pull; probably fr. AS. tyllan in fortyllan to lead astray; or cf. D. tillen to lift up. Cf. {Till} a drawer.] 1. (Naut.) A lever of wood or metal fitted to the rudder head and used for turning side… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tiller — ist der durch die verschieden starken Wurfarme erkennbare Unterschied des Normalabstands der Bogensehne zum oberen bzw. unteren Wurfarm, an der Stelle gemessen, an der der Wurfarm in die Wurfarmaufnehmer (Wurfarmtaschen) des Mittelstücks eines… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • tiller — ou teiller 1. (ti llé, ll mouillées, et non ti yé ou tè llé) v. a. 1°   Détacher avec la main le filament du chanvre, en brisant la chènevotte. •   On veille une heure ou deux en teillant du chanvre, J. J. ROUSS. Hél. v, 7.    Se dit aussi du lin …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • tiller — Ⅰ. tiller ► NOUN ▪ a horizontal bar fitted to the head of a boat s rudder post and used for steering. ORIGIN Old French telier weaver s beam, stock of a crossbow , from Latin tela web . Ⅱ. till [2] ► NOUN ▪ a cash register or drawer for money in… …   English terms dictionary

  • Tiller — Till er, n. [From {Till}, v. t.] One who tills; a husbandman; a cultivator; a plowman. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tiller — Till er, n. [AS. telgor a small branch. Cf. {Till} to cultivate.] 1. (Bot.) (a) A shoot of a plant, springing from the root or bottom of the original stalk; a sucker. (b) A sprout or young tree that springs from a root or stump. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tiller — Till er, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Tillered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tillering}.] To put forth new shoots from the root, or round the bottom of the original stalk; as, wheat or rye tillers; some spread plants by tillering. [Sometimes written {tillow}.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tiller — (n.) mid 14c., stock of a crossbow, from O.Fr. telier stock of a crossbow (c.1200), originally weaver s beam, from M.L. telarium, from L. tela web, loom, from PIE *teks la , from root *teks to weave (see TEXTURE (Cf. texture)). Meaning bar to… …   Etymology dictionary

  • tiller — Tiller, comme quand on tille du chanvre, semble qu il vienne de {{t=g}}tillô,{{/t}} id est euello. Est enim vellere cannabim a sua festuca, Ou il vient de Tilia, quasi diceres Tiliare, Oster la tille …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • tiller — tiller1 [til′ər] n. [ME tiler, stock of a crossbow < OFr telier, weaver s beam < ML telarium < L tela, web (see TOIL2): naut. sense prob. infl. by ME tillen, to reach] a bar or handle for turning a boat s rudder tiller2 [til′ər] n. a… …   English World dictionary

  • Tiller — A tiller or till is a lever attached to a rudder post (American terminology) or rudder stock (English terminology) of a boat in order to provide the leverage for the helmsman to turn the rudder. The tiller is normally used by the helmsman… …   Wikipedia