Baby Named Tylney for Historic Hotel

On June 19, Amy and Tim Harvey of England welcomed a baby girl named Tylney Jayne.

Her first name was inspired by Tylney Hall, a country house hotel located in Hampshire. Why? Because that’s where Tim proposed to Amy back in 2011, “during a romantic walk around the beautiful gardens.”

Here’s what Amy had to say about the name: “We wanted something unique and special so Tylney is perfect for us.”

In appreciation, the hotel has offered the family (which also includes 11-year old daughter Mia) a free one-night stay.

Tylney Hall, originally a mansion, was built by Frederick Tylney in the year 1700. In 1898, it was purchased by South African mining magnate Lionel Philips and rebuilt in the Victorian style.

What do you think of the baby name Tylney?

(My take: I love how the name was inspired by a relationship — how fortuitous that the hotel name happens to sound like a modern baby name — but I’m also finding it hard to not type “Tynley” over and over again.)

Sources: Baby named after couple’s favourite Hampshire hotel Tylney Hall in Rotherwick, Tylney History | Tylney Hall


6 thoughts on “Baby Named Tylney for Historic Hotel

  1. The surname Tylney goes back to the Anglo-Saxon personal name Tibba; there is a female Saint Tibba. This is a surname which does have a feminine origin, for a change.

  2. I really like discovering surnames based on female names. :)

    The definition I found for Tylney/Tilney was “Tilla’s island,” Tilla being either a personal name (perhaps based on Matilda) or a reference to a farmer (one who tilled the land).

  3. No that’s incorrect – the Anglo-Saxons didn’t use Matilda as a name, since that was introduced by the Normans.

    I read that too, but I knew it was wrong, so I did a little digging.

  4. Tilla isn’t necessarily tied to Matilda. As you point out, that link is highly unlikely/impossible anyway (if we’re assuming all the places named “Tilney” were established pre-Conquest).

    Here’s another etymology, this one from A Dictionary of British Place-Names:

    Tilney All Saints & Tilney St Lawrence
    Norfolk. Tilnea 1170. ‘Useful island, or island of a man called Tila’. OE til (dative -an) or pers. name (genitive -n) + eg. Distinguishing affixes from the dedications of the churches.

  5. Huh. I’m not sure anymore either.

    The “L” in Tylney made me think Tila/Tilla was the more likely explanation, but who knows, maybe it’s Tibba after all.

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