Hillershaw History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Hillershaw family

The surname Hillershaw was first found in Cambridgeshire at Hildersham, a small village 8 miles south-east of Cambridge. Historically a parish, in the union of Linton, hundred of Chilford, this place formerly belonged to the De Veres, earls of Oxford, who were lords of the manor. A Roman road leading from the station near Cambridge to Colchester bounds the parish and can still be clearly seen today. [1]

The Domesday Book of 1086 lists the locale as Hildricesham [2] and the place name literally meant "homestead of a man called Hildric," from the Old English personal name + "ham." [3]

Early History of the Hillershaw family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hillershaw research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1534, 1455, 1487, 1563, 1632, 1563, 1576, 1604, 1594, 1674, 1594, 1648, 1662 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Hillershaw History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hillershaw Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Hillershaw has been spelled many different ways, including Hildersham, Hildershaw, Hilderham, Hildershaw, Hillersham, Hillershaw, Hildersam, Hildersem and many more.

Early Notables of the Hillershaw family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Arthur Hildersham or Hildersam (1563-1632), English Puritan divine, son of Thomas Hildersam, by his second wife, Anne Pole, born at Stetchworth, Cambridgeshire, on 6 October 1563. "He was of royal descent through his mother, a daughter of Sir Geoffrey Pole, brother to Cardinal Pole. His parents, who were zealous Roman Catholics, designed him for the priesthood; but in preparation for the university he was sent to the grammar school of Saffron Walden, Essex, where Desborough, the master, grounded him in Protestant principles. In 1576 he was entered at Christ's College, Cambridge. Two years later his...
Another 159 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hillershaw Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hillershaw family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hillershaws to arrive in North America: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


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