The ancient history of the Hillditch name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in Holdich, Norfolk
. This locale cannot be found today, but was listed pre 1700.
Early Origins of the Hillditch family
The surname Hillditch was first found in Devon
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 Hillditch family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hillditch research.Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1600 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Hillditch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hillditch Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hillditch include Holditch, Holdich, Holdrich, Holdridge, Hilditch and many more.
Early Notables of the Hillditch family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hillditch family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hillditch or a variant listed above: Richard Holdick who settled in Virginia in 1650; J. and H. Holdridge settled in Philadelphia in 1822.