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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."

Hilgen Early Origins



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.

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Hilgen Spelling Variations


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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.

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Hilgen Early History


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Hilgen Early History



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.

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Hilgen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hilgen Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hilgen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hilgen (post 1700)



  • Frederick Hilgen, American politician, Presidential Elector for Wisconsin, 1872

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Hilgen Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    5. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    6. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    9. 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.
    10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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    The Hilgen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hilgen 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 20 January 2016 at 10:10.

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