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

The ancestors of the name Hylton date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the parish of Hilton found in several locations including Derby, Dorset, Durham, Staffordshire and the North Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Hylton is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill. In this case the original bearers of the surname Hylton lived in the hill-town.

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Hylton 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. Hilton, Hylton and others.

First found in Durham, now in the area of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England where one of the first records of the name was Robert Hylton, 1st Baron Hylton (d. 1322.) His son, Alexander, was called to Parliament in 1332 and 1335. This first line of Barons Hylton continued for 424 years ending with John Hylton, the 18th Baron Hylton (1699-1746.) Hylton Castle is now a ruined stone castle in the North Hylton and is owned by English Heritage, but was home for the family for the duration.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hylton research. Another 257 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1296, 1295, 1532, 1396, 1400, 1322, 1360, 1340, 1377, 1356, 1435, 1385, 1447, 1457, 1451, 1500, 1535, 1560, 1599, 1657 and 1609 are included under the topic Early Hylton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 199 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hylton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Hylton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 35 words(2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Hyltons to arrive on North American shores:

Hylton Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Ellen Wilhemina Hylton, who landed in Alabama in 1927

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  • James Harvey Hylton (b. 1934), American retired stock car racing driver, two-time winner in NASCAR Winston Cup Series, 1966 NASCAR Grand National Rookie of the Year
  • Daniel Thomas "Danny" Hylton (b. 1989), English footballer
  • Mark Hylton (b. 1966), English darts player, current world ranking: 127
  • John Greenhalgh "Jack" Hylton (1892-1965), English band leader and impresario
  • Javine Dionne Hylton (b. 1981), known simply as Javine, an English R&B singer
  • Jane Hylton (1927-1979), born Audrey Gwendolene Clark, an English actress who appeared in 30 films
  • Leslie George Hylton (1905-1955), West Indian cricketer, convicted and executed for killing his wife
  • Mark David Hylton (b. 1976), British silver medalist 400 metres sprinter at the 1996 Summer Olympics


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  6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Hylton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hylton 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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