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Where did the German Hilliker family come from? What is the German Hilliker family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hilliker family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hilliker family history?


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.


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

Hilliker Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

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


  • Grant Hilliker (b. 1921), American foreign service official
  • Benjamin Franklin Hilliker (1843-1916), American soldier who served in the Union Army during the American Civil War; he received the Medal of Honor
  • 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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  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
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  9. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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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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