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

The Hilden name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in Buckinghamshire, where the Hilden family was associated with the remote hilltop parish of Hillesden.

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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 Hilden has undergone many spelling variations, including Hillersdon, Hillersden, Hillesden, Hillesdon, Hillsden, Hillsdon, Hilsdon, Hilsden, Hilden, Helden, Hildon and many more.

First found in Buckinghamshire, where evidence suggests they held a family seat before the Norman Conquest.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hilden research. Another 289 words(21 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hilden History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Hilden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 113 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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 Hilden were among those contributors:

Hilden Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Mrs. L. Hilden to San Francisco in 1862 with her child

Hilden Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Peter Hilden, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1909

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  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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The Hilden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hilden 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.

This page was last modified on 27 October 2010 at 13:40.

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