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

The ancestors of the name Hiles date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Hiles family lived in a remote valley, or nook. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old English halh, which had the same meaning.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Hiles are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Hiles include: Hale, Hail, Hailes, Hayles, Hayle, Hales, Haile and many more.

First found in Cheshire, but there are other records of this local name throughout England. Parish named Hales were found in Stafford, Norfolk and Worcester. Norfolk's earliest reference was Alexander de Hales, who was recorded in the "History of Norfolk" in 1245.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hiles research. Another 223 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1189, 1379, 1584, 1656, 1609, 1676, 1636, 1700, 1692, 1576, 1654, 1625, 1640, 1645, 1626, 1626, 1684, 1660, 1661, 1681, 1614, 1691, 1654, 1656 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Hiles History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 211 words(15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hiles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Hiles family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Hiles or a variant listed above:

Hiles Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Sebastian De Hiles, who arrived in America in 1827
  • Abraham Hiles, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1881

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Cum principibus
Motto Translation: Whith my chiefs

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The Hiles Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hiles 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 25 July 2013 at 16:32.

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