Hillis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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.
Early Origins of the Hillis family
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.
Early History of the Hillis family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hillis research. Another 74 words (5 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.
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.
Early Notables of the Hillis family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Hillis is the 5,268th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 
Migration of the Hillis family to Ireland
Some of the Hillis family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
| Hillis migration to the United States ||+|
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, who 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 immigrated to the United States from Co. Monaghan, in 1900
- Frank Norman Hillis, aged 32, who immigrated 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 immigrated to the United States from Monaghan, Ireland, in 1907
- Alexander Hillis, aged 28, who landed in America from Antrim, Ireland, in 1909
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| Hillis migration to Canada ||+|
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Hillis Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Alice Hillis, aged 20, who settled in Halifax, Canada, in 1909
|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
|Historic Events for the Hillis family ||+|
- Mr. Frank DeLancy Hillis (1864-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion (1917) 
- Miss Laurie Cameron Hillis (1912-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion (1917) 
- Mr. James Burton Hillis (1882-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion (1917) 
- Mrs. Helen Hillis (1887-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion (1917) 
- Miss Jean Cameron Hillis (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion (1917) 
- "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?". NameCensus.com, https://namecensus.com/last-names/
- Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance