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The surname Hildreth 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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

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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
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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
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  • 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
  • Elmer Hildreth, American Republican politician, Candidate for Mayor of Mt. Vernon, New York, 1955
  • David M. Hildreth Jr., American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 12th District, 1888; Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 21st District, 1891
  • Charles B. Hildreth, American politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 40th District, 1946, 1952
  • Camilla S. Hildreth, American Republican politician, Candidate for New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Canterbury, 1938
  • Arthur Grant Hildreth (1863-1941), American Republican politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Adair County, 1901-04; Member of Missouri State Senate 9th District, 1925-32
  • Alvin P. Hildreth, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Cape May County, 1886-87
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  • 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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Citations



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

Other References

  1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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