Hiler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Hiler comes from the family having resided in Somerset. As a local name, it was derived from the local at the hill-garth. The name could also have been an occupational name for a hellier who was a roofer, tiler or thatcher.

Early Origins of the Hiler family

The surname Hiler was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Hiler family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hiler research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1109, 1485, 1537, 1602, 1612, 1619, 1640, 1660, 1670, 1685, 1716, 1729, 1743, 1781, and 1814 are included under the topic Early Hiler History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hiler Spelling Variations

Hiler has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Hilliard, Hildyard, Hillard, Hildheard and others.

Early Notables of the Hiler family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir Christopher Hildyard (d. 1602), whose tomb is in Church of St. German in Winestead, as well as a Hildyard, Sheriff of...
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Hiler migration to the United States

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Hilers to arrive on North American shores:

Hiler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Barnt Hiler, aged 22, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 [1]
Hiler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J Hiler, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • L B Hiler, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hiler (post 1700)

  • Philip Hiler, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hunterdon County, 1838-40 [2]
  • M. Lloyd Hiler, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Tennessee 7th District, 1986 [2]
  • John Patrick Hiler (b. 1953), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Indiana 3rd District, 1981-91; Defeated, 1990 [2]
  • Charles J. Hiler, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, 1965-66, 1968-70 [2]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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