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

Hill is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Hill family lived near or on a hill. Hill, which was extremely popular and widely distributed in England, is a classic example of an English polygenetic surname, which is a surname that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently. The name was originally derived from the Old English hyll, which simply meant hill.

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Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Hill, Hille, Hyll, Hills and others.

First found in Worcestershire, where one line is descended from the De Montes of Castlemorton in Worcestershire. The manor of Hillend in Castlemorton, Worcester was likely built on land held by Odo de Monte, or Hill, in 1238-9. Richard Hill of Castlemorton is mentioned in 1383 and John Hill of Castlemorton in 1408-9. John Hill died about 1623 holding a "messuage" at Hillend, which then passed to his son Thomas. Other early records of the name include Gilbert del Hill, listed in the Pipe Rolls for Norfolk in 1191; William "attehil" (literally at the hill,) listed in 1260 in the Assize Rolls of Cornwall, and Simon Hille listed in the Rotuli Hundredorum for Worcestershire of 1273.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hill research. Another 277 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1484, 1484, 1549, 1601, 1602, 1271, 1597, 1727, 1589, 1657, 1628, 1629, 1605, 1667, 1672, 1699, 1692, 1695, 1694, 1734, 1735, 1685, 1750, 1736, 1749, 1711, 1663, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Hill History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 243 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Hill family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 149 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Hill or a variant listed above were:

Hill Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Edward Hill, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Joan Hill, who immigrated to St. Christopher in 1635
  • Henry Hill, who came to Bermuda in 1635
  • Abraham Hill, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1640
  • Barbery Hill, who landed in Virginia in 1648


Hill Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Ann Hill, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1767
  • Thomas Hill, who landed in North Carolina in 1775
  • Charles Hill, who arrived in New Hampshire in 1776
  • Casper Hill, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1791
  • Christopher Hill, who landed in Frederick County, Maryland in 1795

Hill Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Adam Hill, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Alexr Hill, aged 23, arrived in South Carolina in 1812
  • Anne Hill, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Adam Hill, who sailed from Ireland to New York in 1816
  • Arthur Hill, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1832


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  • James Jerome Hill (1838-1916), Canadian-born American railway magnate
  • John Boynton Philip Clayton Hill (1879-1941), American politician, U.S. Representative from Maryland
  • Grant Henry Hill (b. 1972), American professional basketball player
  • Chief Boatswain Edwin Joseph Hill (1894-1941), American sailor awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1941
  • Ureli Corelli Hill (1802-1875), American conductor, and the first president and conductor of the New York Philharmonic Society
  • Oliver White Hill Sr. (1907-2007), American civil rights attorney from Richmond, Virginia, known for his work against racial discrimination, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Corporal Ralyn M. Hill (1899-1977), United States Army soldier who received the Medal of Honor
  • Major-General Edmund Walton Hill (1896-1973), American Air Inspector, Headquarters U.S. Army Air Forces, Washington, D.C. (1941-1942)
  • Brigadier-General Francis Hill (1909-1973), American Commanding General Artillery, V Corps (1961-1963)
  • Brigadier-General Milton Abram Hill (1892-1976), American Military-Attaché to Chile (1944-1946)

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  • Blue Ridge Mountain Kinfolks: A Record of Ancestors, Descendants, and Relatives of the Author and Wife, Including Fisher-Gilbert-Hall-Hartley-Hill-Kirby-Lawson Families by Larry King.
  • Genealogy of Thomas Hill and Rebecca Miles; English Ancestors, Maryland Emigrants, Kentucky Pioneers, Americans, U.S.A. by Mary Louise Donnelly.
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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: Avancez
Motto Translation: Advance.

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