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

The lineage of the name Hilton begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the parish of Hilton found in several locations including Derby, Dorset, Durham, Staffordshire and the North Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Hilton 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 Hilton lived in the hill-town.


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 Hilton has undergone many spelling variations, including 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hilton 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 Hilton History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Hilton 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.


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 Hilton were among those contributors:

Hilton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Hugh Hilton, who settled in Virginia in 1619
  • Hugh Hilton, who arrived in Virginia in 1619
  • William Hilton, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621
  • Mary Hilton settled in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1623
  • William Hilton settled in Plymouth with his wife and two children in 1623

Hilton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mathias Hilton, who arrived in New England in 1738

Hilton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • R Hilton, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Robert Hilton, who arrived in America in 1818
  • John Hilton, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Jonathan Hilton, who landed in Rhode Island in 1861
  • George Hilton, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870

Hilton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Harris Hilton, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Amy Hilton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Ben jn Hilton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Sgt. William B. Hilton U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784

Hilton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Hilton, who landed in Canada in 1833

Hilton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Hilton, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Hilton, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Hilton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839
  • Hannah Hilton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839
  • Barbara Hilton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839

Hilton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert Hilton landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843
  • John Hilton, aged 28, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1856
  • George Hilton, aged 26, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "England" in 1872


  • Conrad Nicholson Hilton (1887-1979), American businessman and investor, founder of Hilton Hotels
  • Paris Hilton (b. 1981), American television personality, co-heir to the Hilton hotel fortune
  • Alfred B. Hilton (1842-1864), Union Army soldier during the American Civil War, recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Chaffin's Farm
  • Sergeant Richmond Hobson Hilton (1898-1933), U.S. Army soldier during World War I, and a Medal of Honor recipient
  • Conrad Nicholson "Nicky" Hilton Jr. (1926-1969), American socialite, hotel heir, businessman, and Trans World Airlines (TWA) director
  • William Barron Hilton I (b. 1927), American business magnate, socialite, and hotel heir, former co-chairman of the Hilton Hotels chain
  • Richard Howard "Rick" Hilton (b. 1955), American entrepreneur and hotelier, Chairman and co-founder of Hilton & Hyland
  • Elliot Hilton (b. 1989), English figure skater, British national champion (2008)
  • Harold Horsfall Hilton (1869-1942), English amateur golfer, inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame (1978)
  • Mr. George Percival Hilton (d. 1915), English First Waiter from Liscard, Cheshire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking



  • Blue Ridge Heritage: Burnett, Branscome, Hylton (also Hilton), Cox, Slaughter, and Related Families by Dorothy Burnett Peterson.
  • Hylton-Hilton History by Ernest Hilton.


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