Hillam History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

There are many Irish surnames being used today in forms that are quite different than their original, ancient forms. Hillam originally appeared in Gaelic as O hUallachain, which is derived from the word "uallach," which means "proud."

Early Origins of the Hillam family

The surname Hillam was first found in Thomond (Irish: Tuadh Mumhan), literally North Thomond, the pre-Norman Kingdom of Thomond, since divided between counties Limerick, Tipperary and Clare, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the Hillam family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hillam research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hillam History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hillam Spelling Variations

Many spelling variations of the surname Hillam can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Holohan, O'Holohan, Mulholland, Highland, Hoolohan, Houlihan, Hooligan, Whelton, Oulihan, Oulahen, Whoolahan and many more.

Early Notables of the Hillam family (pre 1700)

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Hillam migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hillam Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Hillam, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1840 [1]
  • Nancy Hillam, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1840 [1]
  • Grace Hillam, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1840 [1]
  • Catherine Hillam, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1840 [1]
  • Priestly Hillam, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1840 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Hillam (post 1700)

  • Percival Hillam Quirke (1898-1972), Australian politician

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Citations

  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairfield.htm
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