Hilderley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Hilderley family

The surname Hilderley was first found in Berkshire, where the family name was first referenced in the year 1375 when William Hildesly held the estates of Bynham or Benham. East Ilsley, again in Berkshire was an ancient family seat. "This place was originally called Hildesley, as appears from an inscription on a brass plate in the church, where the name occurs as belonging to an ancient family." [1]

Important Dates for the Hilderley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hilderley research. Another 76 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Hilderley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hilderley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hilderley have been found, including Hildersley, Hilderley, Hilderly, Hildesly, Hildesley, Hylderly, Hylderly, Hyldersley, Hylderley and many more.

Early Notables of the Hilderley family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Hilderley family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Hilderley, 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..

Contemporary Notables of the name Hilderley (post 1700)

  • Susan Hilderley, American business manager for the American nu metal band Limp Bizkit
  • David Hilderley, Canadian Liberal political candidate for Oxford in the 2011 Ontario provincial election

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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