Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Hillingsworth is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the chapelry of Illingworth in the parish of Halifax in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. This place-name was originally derived from the Old English word Illinword,
which refers to an enclosure.
Early Origins of the Hillingsworth family
The surname Hillingsworth was first found in Yorkshire
at Illingworth, a village that dates back to 1276 when it was first listed as Illingworthe. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Hillingsworth family
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Hillingsworth 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. Hillingsworth has been spelled many different ways, including Illingworth, Ilingworth, Illingsworth and others.
Early Notables of the Hillingsworth family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hillingsworth family to the New World and Oceana
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 Hillingsworths to arrive in North America: Joshua Illingsworth settled in Newcastle county in Delaware in 1852; William and James Illingworth settled in Philadelphia in 1834 and 1866.