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

The distinguished German surname Hildebrand is derived from the German personal name "Hildebrand," which is composed of two elements: "hild," derived from the Old High German "hilja," meaning "fight" or "battle," and "brand," derived from the Old High German "brant," meaning "fire" or "sword."


Spelling variations of this family name include: Hidlebrand, Hildebrandt, Hildeprand, Hildeprandt, Hiltebrande, Hiltebrand, Hillenbrand and many more.

First found in Prussia, where the name emerged in medieval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century, the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. The Hildebrand family was also seated at Ruckhofen in the Ratisbonne.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hildebrand research. Another 257 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1530, 1756, 1614, 1684, 1668 and 1745 are included under the topic Early Hildebrand History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 51 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hildebrand Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hildebrand Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Anna Catharina Hildebrand, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710
  • Johann Jacob Hildebrand, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1734
  • Nicolas Hildebrand, who landed in Frederick County, Maryland in 1734
  • Johannes Hildebrand, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Joh Jacob Hildebrand, who landed in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1753

Hildebrand Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Ann Maria Hildebrand, who came to Baltimore in 1831
  • Christoph Hildebrand, aged 23, arrived in New York, NY in 1832
  • Heinrich Hildebrand, who arrived in America in 1832
  • Xaver Theobald Hildebrand, who landed in America in 1837
  • William Hildebrand, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1842


  • John R. Hildebrand Jr. (b. 1988), American race car driver
  • Oral Clyde Hildebrand (1907-1977), American pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • Brian Curtis Hildebrand (1962-1999), American professional wrestling manager, wrestler and referee
  • George Albert Hildebrand (1878-1960), American left fielder and umpire in Major League Baseball
  • Joel Henry Hildebrand (1881-1983), American educator and a pioneer chemist
  • Palmer Marion Hildebrand (1884-1960), Major League Baseball catcher
  • Timo Hildebrand (b. 1979), German professional football goalkeeper
  • Klaus Hildebrand (b. 1941), German conservative historian
  • Dietrich von Hildebrand (1889-1977), German Catholic philosopher and theologian
  • Adolf von Hildebrand (1847-1921), German sculptor



  • Farber and Allied Families of Burkhart, Hildebrand, and Albaugh by Richard Howard Dodge.

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  10. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
  11. ...

The Hildebrand Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hildebrand 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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