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Where did the English Hildreth family come from? What is the English Hildreth family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hildreth family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hildreth family history?


Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hildreth include Hildersley, Hilderley, Hilderly, Hildesly, Hildesley, Hylderly, Hylderly, Hyldersley, Hylderley and many more.

First found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1375 when William Hildesly held the estates of Bynham or Benham.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hildreth research. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Hildreth History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Hildreth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hildreth or a variant listed above:

Hildreth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Hildreth, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1643

Hildreth Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Hildreth, who landed in New England in 1720

Hildreth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Luther S Hildreth, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • B. Hildreth, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1894

Hildreth Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • C. H. Hildreth, who emigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Ellen E. Hildreth, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Edwin A. Hildreth, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Eloise Harriet Hildreth, who landed in America, in 1911
  • Clara Hildreth, aged 32, who settled in America, in 1911

Hildreth Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Annie E. Hildreth, aged 53, who settled in Hamilton, Canada, in 1920

Hildreth Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Hildreth, aged 35, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1843


  • Matthias Bernard Hildreth (1774-1812), American lawyer and politician
  • Sarah Jones Hildreth (1816-1876), American stage actress
  • Samuel Clay Hildreth (1866-1929), American Thoroughbred horse racing Hall of Fame trainer and owner
  • Richard Hildreth (1807-1865), United States journalist and historian
  • James Charles Hildreth (b. 1984), English cricketer
  • Lee Mark Hildreth (b. 1988), English professional footballer
  • Peter Hildreth (1928-2011), British hurdling athlete
  • Mark Hildreth (b. 1978), Canadian actor and musician


  • The Heldreth (also Hildreth) Family by Larry Heldreth.
  • Hildreth Genealogy: Ancestors and Descendants of William and Joannah Chalker Hildreth of Galstonbury, Connecticut; With Information on Tuthill, Wells, Chalker, Coleman, Hurlbut, Stokely, and Riley Families by Allen D. Sheneman.

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The Hildreth Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hildreth Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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