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Spelling variations of this family name include: Hilger, Hilgert, Hilgers, Hilliger, Hildeger, Hilker and many more.

First found in Silesia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century on the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. Hilliker is in fact the Silesian and Saxonian variation of the word "Hildeger," which was an old German word meaning "spear." Adam Hildiger lived in Liegnitz (Silesia) in 1453, and Hans Hilliger lived in Dresden in 1412.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hilliker research. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hilliker History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hilliker Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • John Hilliker was listed as a sergeant of the Loyal Rangers in the service of the United Empire Loyalists, who came to Canada in 1783
  • Mr. Abraham Hilliker U.E. who settled in Township of Barnston [Barnston West], Eastern Townships [Coaticook], Quebec c. 1784
  • Mr. Jeremiah Hilliker U.E. who settled in Bolton Township, Eastern Townships [Regional County Municipality of Memphrémagog, Quebec c. 1784
  • Mr. John Hilliker U.E. who settled in Dunham Township, Eastern Townships [Brome-Missisquoi Regional County], Quebec c. 1784

Hilliker Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Benjamin Hilliker, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • John Hilliker, who landed in Canada in 1838

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  • Benjamin Franklin Hilliker (1843-1916), American soldier who served in the Union Army during the American Civil War; he received the Medal of Honor
  • Grant Hilliker (b. 1921), American foreign service official
  • Thomas Hilliker (1784-1803), sometimes spelt Helliker, an English trade unionist who was hanged, aged 19, for his alleged role in machine-breaking at a Wiltshire woollen mill, he is now regarded as a victim of anti-Luddite sentiment


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  1. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
  5. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
  6. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  7. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
  10. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
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The Hilliker Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hilliker 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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