Hilgendorf History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Hilgendorf family

The surname Hilgendorf was first found in Silesia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century on the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. Hilliker is in fact the Silesian and Saxonian variation of the word "Hildeger," which was an old German word meaning "spear." Adam Hildiger lived in Liegnitz (Silesia) in 1453, and Hans Hilliger lived in Dresden in 1412.

Early History of the Hilgendorf family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hilgendorf research. Another 102 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hilgendorf History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hilgendorf Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Hilger, Hilgert, Hilgers, Hilliger, Hildeger, Hilker and many more.

Early Notables of the Hilgendorf family (pre 1700)

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United States Hilgendorf migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hilgendorf Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ernst Friedrich Hilgendorf, aged 43, who landed in America in 1839 [1]
  • Friedrich Hilgendorf, aged 25, who landed in America from Gielzns, in 1893
  • Walter Hilgendorf, aged 25, who landed in America from Oyenhauser, in 1899
Hilgendorf Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Frieda Hilgendorf, aged 18, who immigrated to America from Stowenhagen, in 1903
  • Sophia Hilgendorf, aged 61, who settled in America from Stowenhagen, in 1903
  • Caroline Hilgendorf, aged 26, who settled in America from Stowenhagen, in 1903
  • August Hilgendorf, aged 30, who settled in America from Stowenhagen, in 1903
  • Auguste Hilgendorf, aged 6, who landed in America from Stowenhagen, in 1903
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Hilgendorf (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Eugene Hilgendorf (b. 1942), American Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Eric Andreas Hilgendorf (b. 1960), German professor of law and legal philosopher, Chair of the Department of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, University of Würzburg
  • Franz Martin Hilgendorf (1839-1904), German zoologist and paleontologist
  • James Hilgendorf (b. 1982), Australian rugby union professional


  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)


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