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Where did the English Hillman family come from? What is the English Hillman family crest and coat of arms? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hillman family history?

The Hillman name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived on or near a hill. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English words hyll, which meant hill. Combined the name means "dweller on the hill."

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Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Hillman has undergone many spelling variations, including Hillman, Hilman, Hilleman and others.

First found in Hampshire 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hillman research. Another 260 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1273 and 1327 are included under the topic Early Hillman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Hillman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hillman were among those contributors:

Hillman Settlers in the 17th Century


  • Elliner Hillman, aged 33, landed in New England in 1635
  • Edward Hillman who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Thomas Hillman settled in New England in 1654
  • Margaret Hillman, who landed in Maryland or Virginia in 1671
  • James Hillman settled in Barbados in 1685

Hillman Settlers in the 18th Century


  • George, and John Hillman arrived in Philadelphia in 1745
  • Jno Hendrich Hillman, who arrived in South Carolina in 1749

Hillman Settlers in the 19th Century


  • John Hillman arrived in Holdfast Bay aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837
  • Johanna Hillman arrived in Holdfast Bay aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837
  • James Hillman arrived in Holdfast Bay aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837
  • Thomas Hillman arrived in Holdfast Bay aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837
  • Elizabeth Jane Hillman arrived in Holdfast Bay aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837


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  • James Hillman (b. 1926), considered to be one of the most original psychologists of the 20th century
  • Christopher Hillman (b. 1942), American musician and one of the original members of "The Byrds" (1965)
  • John Hillman Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at Trent University
  • John Eric Hillman (b. 1966), American retired professional baseball player
  • Larry Hillman (b. 1937), Canadian retired professional ice hockey player and coach
  • Darnell “Dr. Dunk” Hillman (b. 1949), American professional basketball player
  • Harry Livingston Hillman (1881-1945), American athlete and winner of three gold medals at the 1904 Summer Olympics
  • Brigadier-General Charles Clark Hillman (1887-1979), American Commanding General Letterman General Hospital (1944-1946)


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  • Unto the Hills, Some Hillmans and Others, A Partial Genealogy of the Southwest Virginia Families of Carrico, Edwards, Hillman, Newberry, Stallard, Wells and Other Families by Belva Marshall Counts.
  • Hillman, John, 1793-1879 and Rebecca, 1795-1879: His Ancestors, their Descendants by Endocen H. Hillman.
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  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  2. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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The Hillman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hillman 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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