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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Heyland, Heiland, Heilland, Hieland, Hyland, Highland, Heland and many more.

First found in Saxony, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heil research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1604, 1685, 1605, 1664, 1604 and 1664 are included under the topic Early Heil History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 91 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heil Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Heil Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Hans Jacob Heil, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Georg Thomas Heil who settled in Pennsylvania in 1739 at the age of 35 with his wife Susanna and their five children
  • Valentin Heil, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Georg Heil, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Johannes Heil, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752


Heil Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Nicholos Heil, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837
  • Peter Heil, aged 30, arrived in Missouri in 1839
  • Heinrich Heil, who landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • Caspar Heil, who landed in Iowa in 1852
  • Cathe Heil, aged 19, arrived in New York in 1854


Heil Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Karl Heil, who arrived in Alabama in 1914

Heil Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Gottfried Heil went to Quebec in 1778 when he was 30 after serving with British forces during the American Revolution

Heil Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Mth Heil, aged 19, arrived in Quebec in 1893

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  • Bob Heil (b. 1940), American sound and radio engineer, best known for creating the template for modern rock sound systems, founder of Heil Sound in 1966, inventor of the Heil Talk Box in 1973
  • Julius Peter Heil (1876-1949), American politician, 30th Governor of Wisconsin (1939 to 1943)
  • Philip H. Heil, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Northampton County, 1899-1902
  • Mark Heil, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Michigan State University board of trustees, 1998
  • Ken Heil, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Kentucky 4th District, 1980
  • Julius Peter Heil (1876-1949), American Republican politician, Governor of Wisconsin, 1939-43; Defeated, 1942; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1940
  • Florence Heil, American Republican politician, Member of Missouri Republican State Committee, 1967; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1972
  • Hubertus Heil (b. 1972), German politician, General Secretary of the Social Democratic Party of Germany in 2005
  • Johannes Heil (b. 1978), German electronic music producer
  • Oskar Heil (1908-1994), German electrical engineer and inventor, known for his work on the Microwave vacuum tube, Field-effect transistor and the Air Motion Transformer

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  2. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
  5. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
  6. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  10. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
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The Heil Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Heil 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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