The ancestors of the name Hildesley date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Hildesley family lived in the village of Hildersley,
a tithing in Gloucester.
Early Origins of the Hildesley family
The surname Hildesley was first found in Gloucestershire
, where evidence suggests they held a family seat
before the Norman Conquest.
Early History of the Hildesley family
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Hildesley Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Hildesley are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Hildesley include: Hildersly, Hildest, Hilders, Hilder, Hildesley, Hilderly, Hilderley and many more.
Early Notables of the Hildesley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hildesley family to Ireland
Some of the Hildesley family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 53 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hildesley family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Hildesley or a variant listed above: John Hillsley, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1870.
Contemporary Notables of the name Hildesley (post 1700)
- Christopher Hildesley, British-American fine arts appraiser