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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Hilger, Hilgert, Hilgers, Hilliger, Hildeger, Hilker and many more.

First found in Silesia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century on the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. Hilliker is in fact the Silesian and Saxonian variation of the word "Hildeger," which was an old German word meaning "spear." Adam Hildiger lived in Liegnitz (Silesia) in 1453, and Hans Hilliger lived in Dresden in 1412.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hilliker research. Another 199 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hilliker History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johann Jacob Hilgert, who came to Philadelphia in 1747; as did Peter Hilliger in 1754. Joseph Hilker arrived in Philadelphia in 1805. John Hilliker was listed as a sergeant of the Loyal Rangers in the service of the United Empire Loyalists, who came to Canada in 1783..

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  • Grant Hilliker (b. 1921), American foreign service official
  • Benjamin Franklin Hilliker (1843-1916), American soldier who served in the Union Army during the American Civil War; he received the Medal of Honor
  • Thomas Hilliker (1784-1803), sometimes spelt Helliker, an English trade unionist who was hanged, aged 19, for his alleged role in machine-breaking at a Wiltshire woollen mill, he is now regarded as a victim of anti-Luddite sentiment


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  2. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  3. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
  4. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
  5. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
  8. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
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The Hilliker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hilliker 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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