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The history of the Hillis family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living as inhabitants in a house on a hill.

Hillis Early Origins



The surname Hillis was first found in Buckinghamshire 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.

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Hillis Spelling Variations


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Hillis Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hillis include Hillis, Hillas, Hillers, Hillhouse, Hillus, Hallis and many more.

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Hillis Early History


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Hillis Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hillis research. Another 301 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1173, 1442, and 1514 are included under the topic Early Hillis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hillis Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hillis Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Hillis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hillis In Ireland


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Hillis In Ireland



Some of the Hillis family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hillis or a variant listed above:

Hillis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Hillis, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1787

Hillis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Hillis settled in Philadelphia in 1820
  • D. Hillis, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1895

Hillis Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Emily Hillis, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Co. Monaghan, in 1900
  • Frank Norman Hillis, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States from Dublin, in 1905
  • Ester Hillis, aged 19, who settled in America from Ireland, Artrim, in 1907
  • Archie Hillis, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Monaghan, Ireland, in 1907
  • Alexander Hillis, aged 28, who landed in America from Antrim, Ireland, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hillis Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Alice Hillis, aged 20, who settled in Halifax, Canada, in 1909

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hillis (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hillis (post 1700)



  • Robert Duane "Rib" Hillis (b. 1971), American soap opera actor, known for General Hospital (1963), Port Charles (1997) and Groom's Cake (2012)
  • Alecia Deann "Ali" Hillis (b. 1978), American actress, known for Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), Must Love Dogs (2005) and Mass Effect (2007)
  • William Daniel "Danny" Hillis (b. 1956), American inventor, entrepreneur and author
  • Peyton Hillis (b. 1986), American NFL football fullback
  • Margaret Hillis (1921-1998), American conductor, founder and first director of the Chicago Symphony Chorus
  • Malcolm David "Mack" Hillis (1901-1961), American Major League Baseball second baseman
  • Elwood Haynes "Bud" Hillis (b. 1926), American politician, former U.S. Representative from Indiana
  • Charles Richard "Dick" Hillis (1913-2005), American Protestant Christian missionary to China
  • David Hillis (b. 1958), Danish-born, American herpetologist and systematic biologist
  • Ron Hillis (b. 1906), Australian rules footballer

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Hillis Historic Events


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Hillis Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Frank DeLancy  Hillis (1864-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Miss Laurie Cameron  Hillis (1912-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. James Burton  Hillis (1882-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Helen  Hillis (1887-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Miss Jean Cameron  Hillis (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    11. ...

    The Hillis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hillis 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.

    This page was last modified on 29 September 2016 at 14:06.

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