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The Anglo-Saxon name Hilliard comes from the family having resided in Somerset. As a local name, it was derived from the local at the hill-garth. The name could also have been an occupational name for a hellier who was a roofer, tiler or thatcher.


The surname Hilliard was first found in Yorkshire 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.

Hilliard has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Hilliard, Hildyard, Hillard, Hildheard and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hilliard research. Another 331 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1109, 1485, 1537, 1602, 1612, 1619, 1640, 1660, 1670, 1685, 1716, 1729, 1743, 1781, and 1814 are included under the topic Early Hilliard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Notables of the family at this time include Sir Christopher Hildyard (d. 1602), whose tomb is in Church of St. German in Winestead, as well as a Hildyard, Sheriff of...

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hilliard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Hilliards to arrive on North American shores:

Hilliard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Gregory Hilliard, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • John and Gregory Hilliard, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • John Hilliard, who landed in Maryland in 1633
  • Hugh Hilliard, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1634
  • Jo Hilliard, aged 18, landed in Barbados in 1635
  • ...

Hilliard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Sarah Hilliard, who landed in Maryland or Virginia in 1730
  • Samuel Hilliard settled in Maryland in 1741
  • Richard Hilliard, who arrived in New York in 1794

Hilliard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christopher Hilliard, who arrived in Maryland in 1808

Hilliard Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Henry Hilliard, aged 19, landed in Canada in 1815
  • John Hilliard, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • Lonson Hilliard, who landed in Canada in 1840

Hilliard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Hilliard, English convict from Durham, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia

Hilliard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Hilliard landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841

  • Clarence Ross Hilliard (1894-1976), American Republican politician, Ingham County Clerk, 1925-72; Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1957-59
  • Christopher Hilliard, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Hagerstown, Maryland, 1847-49
  • Carole Hilliard, American Republican politician, Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota; Elected 1994; Presidential Elector for South Dakota, 2000
  • C. M. Hilliard, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly from Buffalo and Pepin counties, 1902
  • Benjamin Clark Hilliard (1868-1951), American Democrat politician, Member of Colorado State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Colorado 1st District, 1915-19; Defeated, 1918, 1920, 1922, 1926
  • Aubrey Hilliard, American Republican politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives Sixth Norfolk District, 1905
  • Denison Hewitt Hilliard (1798-1871), American politician, Supervisor of Delhi Township, Michigan, 1853-54, 1855-56, 1857-58, 1863; Appointed 1863
  • Earl Hilliard, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1940
  • Earl F. Hilliard Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 2008
  • Earl Frederick Hilliard (b. 1942), American Democrat politician, Member of Alabama State House of Representatives, 1975-81; Member of Alabama State Senate, 1981-93
  • ...

Hilliard Historic Events

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Herbert Henry Hilliard (d. 1912), aged 44, American First Class passenger from Brighton, Massachusetts who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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    The Hilliard Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Hilliard 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.

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