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

The Anglo-Saxon name Hilliard comes from the family having resided in Somerset. As a local name, it was derived from the local at the hill-garth. The name could also have been an occupational name for a hellier who was a roofer, tiler or thatcher.


Hilliard has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Hilliard, Hildyard, Hillard, Hildheard and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hilliard research. Another 331 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1109, 1485, 1537, 1602, 1612, 1619, 1640, 1660, 1670, 1685, 1716, 1729, 1743, 1781, and 1814 are included under the topic Early Hilliard History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 57 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hilliard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Hilliards to arrive on North American shores:

Hilliard Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Gregory Hilliard, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • John and Gregory Hilliard, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • John Hilliard, who landed in Maryland in 1633
  • Hugh Hilliard, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1634
  • Jo Hilliard, aged 18, landed in Barbados in 1635

Hilliard Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Sarah Hilliard, who landed in Maryland or Virginia in 1730
  • Samuel Hilliard settled in Maryland in 1741
  • Richard Hilliard, who arrived in New York in 1794

Hilliard Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Christopher Hilliard, who arrived in Maryland in 1808


  • Henry Washington Hilliard (1808-1892), American statesman and diplomat
  • Dalton Hilliard (b. 1964), former American football player
  • Earl F. Hilliard (b. 1942), American politician and former congressman
  • Ike Hilliard (b. 1976), professional American football player
  • William A. Hilliard (b. 1927), American journalist
  • Mr. Herbert Henry Hilliard (d. 1912), aged 44, American First Class passenger from Brighton, Massachusetts who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Michael Hilliard, Irish politician, first elected to "Dáil Éireann" in 1943


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