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Where did the English Hillman family come from? What is the English Hillman family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hillman family first arrive in the United States? 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 United States 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 United States 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 United States in the 19th Century


  • John Hillman, who landed in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1848
  • Hannah Hillman, aged 26, arrived in New York, NY in 1855
  • Charles Hillman, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871
  • Henry Hillman, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872

Hillman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


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


Hillman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James Hillman landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Calvin L. Hillman, aged 34, a mason, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Emily Hillman, aged 28, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Emily E. Hillman arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • George Hillman, aged 38, a shoemaker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888


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  • Elsie Hilliard Hillman (1925-2015), American civic and political leader, philanthropist and activist
  • Brigadier-General Charles Clark Hillman (1887-1979), American Commanding General Letterman General Hospital (1944-1946)
  • Christopher Hillman (b. 1942), American musician and one of the original members of "The Byrds" (1965)
  • James Hillman (b. 1926), considered to be one of the most original psychologists of the 20th century
  • Harry Livingston Hillman (1881-1945), American athlete and winner of three gold medals at the 1904 Summer Olympics
  • John Eric Hillman (b. 1966), American retired professional baseball player
  • Darnell “Dr. Dunk” Hillman (b. 1949), American professional basketball player
  • Mr. James William Hillman (1889-1914), English Miner from Clapton, Bath, England, United Kingdom who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse on June 19 1914
  • John Hillman Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at Trent University
  • Larry Hillman (b. 1937), Canadian retired professional ice hockey player and coach


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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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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.

This page was last modified on 10 August 2015 at 13:03.

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