Show ContentsHilborn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Hilborn comes from when the family resided in the county of Gloucestershire near an area that was near a hill. Hilborn is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill.

Early Origins of the Hilborn family

The surname Hilborn was first found in Gloucestershire 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.

Early History of the Hilborn family

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Hilborn Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hilborn include Hilborne, Hilborn, Hillborn, Hilburn, Hilbourne and others.

Early Notables of the Hilborn family

Notables of the family at this time include

  • Hilborne of Gloucester

United States Hilborn migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Hilborn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Hilborn, who settled in Philadelphia in 1871

Canada Hilborn migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hilborn Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Stephen Hilborn, who landed in Canada in 1833

Contemporary Notables of the name Hilborn (post 1700) +

  • Samuel Greeley Hilborn (1834-1899), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California (1895-1899)
  • Ray Hilborn (b. 1947), American marine biologist and fisheries scientist
  • Samuel Greeley Hilborn (1834-1899), American Republican politician, Member of California State Senate, 1875-79; U.S. Representative from California 3rd District, 1892-94, 1895-99 [1]
  • Captain William Carrall Hilborn DFC (1898-1918), Canadian World War I flying ace credited with seven aerial victories
  • Stuart Hilborn (1917-2013), Canadian automotive engineer, inducted into the Specialty Equipment Market Association Hall of Fame
  • Benjamin Hilborn Oehlert Jr. (1909-1985), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan, 1967-69 [2]

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