Hillingword History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hillingword is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family 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 Hillingword family

The surname Hillingword was first found in Yorkshire at Illingworth, a village that dates back to 1276 when it was first listed as Illingworthe. [1]

Important Dates for the Hillingword family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hillingword research. Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hillingword History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hillingword 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. Hillingword has been spelled many different ways, including Illingworth, Ilingworth, Illingsworth and others.

Early Notables of the Hillingword family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Hillingword family

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 Hillingwords 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.

Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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