The ancestors of the Hilgen surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name comes from when they lived on or near a hill. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English words hyll,
which meant hill. Combined the name means "dweller on the hill."
Early Origins of the Hilgen family
The surname Hilgen was first found in Hampshire
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.
Early History of the Hilgen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hilgen research.Another 260 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1273 and 1327 are included under the topic Early Hilgen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hilgen Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hilgen include Hillman, Hilman, Hilleman and others.
Early Notables of the Hilgen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hilgen family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Hilgen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Frederick Hilgen, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1836 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Hilgen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Auna Hilgen, aged 18, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Achilles" from Port au Prince, Haiti CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6ZX-L57 : 6 December 2014), Auna Hilgen, 07 Mar 1920; citing departure port Port au Prince, Haiti, arrival port New York, ship name Achilles, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- Arend Hilgen, aged 18, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Achilles" from Cap Haitien, Haiti CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6DQ-BP8 : 6 December 2014), Arend Hilgen, 23 May 1920; citing departure port Cap Haitien, Haiti, arrival port New York, ship name Achilles, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Contemporary Notables of the name Hilgen (post 1700)
- Frederick Hilgen, American politician, Presidential Elector for Wisconsin, 1872 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html