Hildershaw History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Hildershaw family

The surname Hildershaw 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 Hildershaw family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hildershaw 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 Hildershaw History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hildershaw Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Hildershaw were recorded, including Hildersham, Hildershaw, Hilderham, Hildershaw, Hillersham, Hillershaw, Hildersam, Hildersem and many more.

Early Notables of the Hildershaw 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...
Another 159 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hildershaw Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hildershaw family

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Hildershaw family emigrate to North America: 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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