Hilderham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Hilderham family

The surname Hilderham was first found in Cambridgeshire at Hildersham, a small village 8 miles south-east of Cambridge. Historically a parish, in the union of Linton, hundred of Chilford, this place formerly belonged to the De Veres, earls of Oxford, who were lords of the manor. A Roman road leading from the station near Cambridge to Colchester bounds the parish and can still be clearly seen today. [1]

The Domesday Book of 1086 lists the locale as Hildricesham [2] and the place name literally meant "homestead of a man called Hildric," from the Old English personal name + "ham." [3]

Early History of the Hilderham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hilderham research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1534, 1455, 1487, 1563, 1632, 1563, 1576, 1604, 1594, 1674, 1594, 1648, 1662 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Hilderham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hilderham Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Hilderham has been recorded under many different variations, including Hildersham, Hildershaw, Hilderham, Hildershaw, Hillersham, Hillershaw, Hildersam, Hildersem and many more.

Early Notables of the Hilderham family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Arthur Hildersham or Hildersam (1563-1632), English Puritan divine, son of Thomas Hildersam, by his second wife, Anne Pole, born at Stetchworth, Cambridgeshire, on 6 October 1563. "He was of royal descent through his mother, a daughter of Sir Geoffrey Pole, brother to Cardinal Pole. His parents, who were zealous Roman Catholics, designed him for the priesthood; but in preparation for the university he was sent to the grammar school of Saffron Walden, Essex, where Desborough, the master, grounded him in Protestant principles. In 1576 he was entered at Christ's College, Cambridge. Two years later his...
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Migration of the Hilderham family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hilderham or a variant listed above: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


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