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Where did the English Hilburn family come from? What is the English Hilburn family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hilburn family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hilburn family history?

The lineage of the name Hilburn begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the county of Gloucestershire near an area that was near a hill. Hilburn is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill.

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Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Hilburn has undergone many spelling variations, including Hilborne, Hilborn, Hillborn, Hilburn, Hilbourne and others.

First found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hilburn research. Another 232 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hilburn History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Hilburn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hilburn were among those contributors: John Hilborn settled in Philadelphia in 1871; Charles Hilbourn settled in Philadelphia in 1804.

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  • Robert Hilburn (b. 1939), American pop music critic and author
  • Wiley Wilson Hilburn Jr., (1938-2014), American journalist, Chairman of the Department of Journalism at Louisiana Tech University (1968-2009)
  • Mark Hilburn (1913-1975), American saxophone and clarinet player, founder of Mark Hilburn and His Orchestra, inventor of the Hilburn Development System for developing black and white photographs
  • Sammy Hilburn (b. 1952), American professional baseball player


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The Hilburn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hilburn Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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