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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2015

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

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.


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.

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 recorded in the "History of Norfolk" in 1245.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hiley research. Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1189, 1379, 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.


Another 445 words (32 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hiley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Hiley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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 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 Canada in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Hiley, who was recorded in a census in 1871 in Toronto


  • John Hiley (1951-2009), English cricketer
  • Scott Patrick Hiley (b. 1968), English former footballer
  • Joseph Hiley (1902-1989), British Conservative Party politician
  • Basil Hiley (b. 1935), British quantum physicist and professor emeritus of the University of London
  • David Hiley, scholar of early music


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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The Hiley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hiley 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.

This page was last modified on 13 April 2015 at 08:25.

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