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The name Hillary was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the medieval given name Hillary, which was originally derived from the Latin personal name Hilarius, which means cheerful glad, happy and joyful.

Hillary Early Origins



The surname Hillary was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. Hilary (c.1110-1169) was a medieval Bishop of Chichester,.

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Hillary Spelling Variations


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Hillary Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Hillary, Hillery and others.

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Hillary Early History


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Hillary Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hillary research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1206 is included under the topic Early Hillary History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hillary Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hillary Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Hillary 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



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Hillary or a variant listed above were:

Hillary Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Susan Hillary, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • Nicholas Hillary, who settled in Nevis in 1654
  • William Hillary, who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Susanna Hillary, who arrived in Virginia in 1655
  • Thomas Hillary, who landed in Maryland in 1661

Hillary Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Samuel Hillary, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1711
  • John Hillary, who settled in Charles Town in 1767
  • George Hillary, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1793

Hillary Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Bridget Hillary, aged 19, a housemaid, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget"
  • Thomas Hillary, aged 25, a labourr, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Constantine"
  • Bridget Hillary, aged 17, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Constantine"
  • Anthony Hillary, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"

Hillary Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edward Hillary arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Queen" in 1883

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hillary (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hillary (post 1700)



  • Barbara Hillary (b. 1931), the first known African-American woman to reach the North Pole a the age of 75, she later reached the South Pole in January 2011 at the age of 79
  • Sir William Hillary (1771-1847), 1st Baronet, an English soldier, author and philanthropist, founder of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in 1824
  • Flight Lieutenant Richard Hope Hillary (1919-1943), Australian Battle of Britain pilot who died during World War II, best known for his book The Last Enemy
  • Peter Hillary (b. 1954), New Zealand son of Sir Edmund Hillary, he has climbed the highest mountains on all seven continents
  • Sir Edmund Percival Hillary KG, ONZ, KBE (1919-2008), New Zealand Mountain Climber, among the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest (29 May 1953)

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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    The Hillary Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hillary 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 26 April 2016 at 16:58.

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