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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.


The surname Hylton was 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. "It was the residence of the Hyltons from the time of King Athelstan to the year 1746, and the building has the arms of that ancient family and its alliances engraven on it in numerous places; its battlements are ornamented with statues, and its corners with circular turrets." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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.


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 and printed products wherever possible.


Notables of this surname at this time include Robert Hylton, 1st Baron Hylton (d. 1322); Alexander Hylton, 2nd Baron Hylton (d. 1360); Robert Hylton, de jure 3rd Baron Hylton (1340-1377); Sir William Hylton, de jure 4th Baron Hylton (1356-1435); Sir Robert Hylton, de jure 5th Baron Hylton (1385-1447); William Hylton, de...

Another 57 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hylton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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 and printed products wherever possible.


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 United States in the 20th Century

  • Ellen Wilhemina Hylton, who landed in Alabama in 1927

  • 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
  • Tracy W. Hylton (b. 1922), American politician, Member of West Virginia State Senate 9th District, 1965-72, 1987-90
  • Kenneth N. Hylton, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Judge, Michigan Court of Appeals 1st District, 1964; Vice-chair of Michigan Democratic Party, 1969-73
  • J. R. Hylton, American Democrat politician, Wyoming Democratic State Chair, 1923-27; Member of Democratic National Committee from Wyoming, 1939
  • George P. Hylton Jr., American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1956, 1960
  • Gary H. Hylton, American politician, Mayor of Logan, West Virginia, 1983
  • C. D. Hylton, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State Senate 10th District, 1974
  • Jane Hylton (1927-1979), born Audrey Gwendolene Clark, an English actress who appeared in 30 films
  • Javine Dionne Hylton (b. 1981), known simply as Javine, an English R&B singer
  • John Greenhalgh "Jack" Hylton (1892-1965), English band leader and impresario
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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

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  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  9. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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The Hylton Family Crest was acquired from the 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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