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Where did the English Hilley family come from? What is the English Hilley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hilley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hilley family history?When the ancestors of the Hilley family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived near or on a hill. Hilley, 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.
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Hilley has been recorded under many different variations, including 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hilley research. Another 277 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1484, 1 sh, 1484, 1549, 1601, 1602, 1 di, 1271, 1597, 1727, 1605, 1667, 1685, 1750, 1736, 1749, 1711 and 1663 are included under the topic Early Hilley History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 127 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hilley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Hilley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Hilleys were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: 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; John Hill, who settled in Barbados in 1654.
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 Translation: Advance.
The Hilley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hilley 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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