Hiley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The history of the Hiley family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in a remote valley, or nook. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old English halh, which had the same meaning. Conversely the name could have been a nickname for someone who was "healthy, stout, a brave man, chief, or hero" having derived from the Anglo-Saxon word "hale." 
Early Origins of the Hiley family
The surname Hiley was first found in Cheshire, but there are other records of this local name throughout England. Parish named Hales were found in Stafford, Norfolk and Worcester. Norfolk's earliest reference was Alexander de Hales, who was listed there in 1245. 
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 lists: Richard de la Hale in Oxfordshire; and Walter en le Hale in Sussex at that time. Robert in the Hale was listed in the Close Roll, temp. 2 Edward I and according to Kirby's Quest, John atte Hale was listed in Somerset, temp. 1 Edward III  
Alexander of Hales (d. 1245), the celebrated theologian, and one of the first of the Christian Philosophers of the thirteenth century, was born in Gloucestershire at a town or village called Hales. 
Thomas Hales ( fl. 1250), was an early English poet and religious writer, was a Franciscan friar, and presumably a native of Hales (or Hailes) in Gloucestershire. 
The name quickly became native to Scotland as seen by Michel de Hale del counte de Edeneberk who rendered homage to King Edward I in his brief conquest of Scotland in 1296. 
Later some of the family were found at Kings Walden in Hertfordshire. "On the north side of the chancel of the church is a chapel, the burial-place of the Hale family, erected by William Hale, who died in 1648." 
Hailes Castle is a 14th century castle about a mile and a half south west of East Linton, East Lothian, Scotland. It dates back to c. 1300. Hailes Abbey near Winchcombe in Gloucestershire was built in 1245 or 1246 but little remains of the abbey today.
Early History of the Hiley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hiley research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1189, 1379, 1331, 1394, 1455, 1456, 1490, 1457, 1459, 1459, 1470, 1471, 1470, 1540, 1516, 1572, 1608, 1584, 1656, 1576, 1654, 1625, 1640, 1645, 1626, 1626, 1684, 1660, 1661, 1681, 1666, 1762, 1694, 1762, 1609, 1676, 1636, 1700, 1692, 1614, 1691, 1654, 1656 and are included under the topic Early Hiley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hiley Spelling Variations
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 Hiley include Hale, Hail, Hailes, Hayles, Hayle, Hales, Haile and many more.
Early Notables of the Hiley family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Frank Hale; Sir Stephen Hales (before 1331-1394), of Testerton, Norfolk, an English soldier and politician; John Hales, the medieval Bishop of Exeter (1455-1456); John Hales (also Hals or Halse; died 1490), Dean of Exeter between 1457 and 1459; Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield in 1459; Lord Privy Seal (1470-1471); John Hales (c.1470-1540), of The Dungeon, Canterbury, Kent, an administrator and Baron of the Exchequer; John Hales (c.1516-1572), a writer, administrator and politician; John Hales (died 1608), the owner of the Whitefriars in Coventry at which two of the Marprelate tracts were printed...
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Migration of the Hiley family to Ireland
Some of the Hiley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hiley migration to the United States +
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 Hiley or a variant listed above:
Hiley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Hiley, who was sent to a plantation to Virginia in 1665
- Julian Hiley, who immigrated to Maryland in 1678
- Julian Hiley, who landed in Maryland in 1678 
Hiley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Michael Hiley, who was naturalized in Maryland in 1844
Hiley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- John E. Hiley, aged 30, originally from Cardiff, Wales arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Shabonee" from Saloniki and Gibraltar 
- Charles Hiley, aged 58, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Aquitania" from Southampton, England 
- Hilda Mary Hiley, aged 35, originally from Bristol, England, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "New York" from Southampton, England 
- Ernest Haviland Hiley, aged 51, originally from London, England, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Olympic" from Southampton, England 
Hiley migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Hiley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Joseph Hiley, who was recorded in a census in 1871 in Toronto
Contemporary Notables of the name Hiley (post 1700) +
- Scott Patrick Hiley (b. 1968), English former footballer who played from 1986 to 2009
- John Hiley (1951-2009), English cricketer
- Sir Thomas Alfred "Tom" Hiley KBE (1905-1990), Australian politician, 34th Treasurer of the Australian state of Queensland (1957-1965)
- Joseph Hiley (1902-1989), British Conservative Party politician, Member of Parliament for Pudsey (1959-1974)
- David Hiley (b. 1947), British musicologist and scholar of early music
- Basil Hiley (b. 1935), British quantum physicist and professor emeritus of the University of London
- Admiral Sir Anthony Hiley Hoskins GCB (1828-1901), British naval officer who was First Sea Lord from 1891 to 1893
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The Hiley Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Cum principibus
Motto Translation: Whith my chiefs
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- ^ 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)
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QT-ZTG : 6 December 2014), John E. Hiley, 20 Mar 1919; citing departure port Saloniki and Gibraltar, arrival port New York, ship name Shabonee, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J68W-B2H : 6 December 2014), Charles Hiley, 09 Oct 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Aquitania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J68Z-2MW : 6 December 2014), Hilda Mary Hiley, 23 Mar 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name New York, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6VS-YTP : 6 December 2014), Ernest Haviland Hiley, 28 Dec 1921; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Olympic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).