Hildred History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Hildred family

The surname Hildred 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]

Early History of the Hildred family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hildred research. Another 76 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1538, 1698, 1772, 1698, 1705, 1710, 1720, 1724 and 1723 are included under the topic Early Hildred History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hildred Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Hildred has been spelled many different ways, including Hildersley, Hilderley, Hilderly, Hildesly, Hildesley, Hylderly, Hylderly, Hyldersley, Hylderley, Hildreth and many more.

Early Notables of the Hildred family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Hilsey or Hildesleigh d. 1538), Bishop of Rochester who is stated by Wood to have belonged to the Hildsleys of Benham, Berkshire, a branch of the Hildsleys of Hildsley, Berkshire. [2] Mark Hildesley (1698-1772), was Bishop of Sodor and Man, born at Murston, Kent, on 9 Dec. 1698, the eldest surviving son of Mark Hildesley, rector of Murston and also vicar of Sittingbourne from 1705. "In 1710 the father became...
Another 77 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hildred Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hildred migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hildreds to arrive in North America:

Hildred Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • B Hildred, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hildred (post 1700) +

  • Rear Admiral John Hildred Carlill OBE DL (1925-2015), British Royal Navy officer, President of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich (1980-1982)
  • Johnathan Hildred Wall Jr. (b. 1990), American NBA basketball point guard
  • Hildred R. Goodwine (1918-1998), née Ferstle, American artist, sculptor and illustrator best known for her paintings of horses, western scenes and animals
  • Sir Hildred Carlile CBE (1852-1942), 1st Baronet, an English businessman and Conservative Party politician
  • Mrs. Hildred J. Ferrell, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1960
  • Hildred X. Peck, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Delaware County, 1932, 1933, 1934 [4]


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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