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The ancestors of the Hillery family first reached the shores of England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Their name is derived from the medieval given name Hillary, which was originally derived from the Latin personal name Hilarius, which means cheerful glad, happy and joyful.

Hillery Early Origins



The surname Hillery 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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Hillery Spelling Variations


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Hillery Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Hillary, Hillery and others.

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Hillery Early History


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Hillery Early History



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

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Hillery Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hillery Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Hillery 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



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Hillery or a variant listed above:

Hillery Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Susan Hillery, who settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Susan Hillery, who arrived in Virginia in 1653

Hillery Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Hillery, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hillery (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hillery (post 1700)



  • Frederick Alverdo Hillery (1854-1937), American early leader in the American Holiness Movement
  • Thomas J. Hillery, American Republican politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Morris County; Elected 1946, 1947, 1949; Member of New Jersey State Senate from Morris County, 1954-68
  • Thomas J. Hillery, American politician, Member of New Jersey State Senate from Morris County, 1905-09
  • Philip Hillery, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Texas 12th District, 2002
  • Mary Jane Hillery, American Republican politician, Candidate for Massachusetts State Senate Middlesex & Worcester District, 2002
  • Jules W. Hillery, American politician, Representative from Louisiana 1st District, 1992
  • John D. Hillery, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Mayor of Buffalo, New York, 1947; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1952
  • Mary Beatrice "Maeve" Hillery (1924-1924), ne Finnegan, an Irish anaesthetist and wife of Patrick Hillery, former President of Ireland
  • Brian Hillery (b. 1937), Irish businessman and former Fianna Fil politician, former Chairman of Independent News & Media
  • Patrick John Hillery (1923-2008), Irish politician, the 6th President of Ireland from 1976 until 1990

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    8. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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    The Hillery Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hillery 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 7 December 2016 at 11:02.

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