Hillsdon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Hillsdon is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Buckinghamshire, where the Hillsdon family was associated with the remote hilltop parish of Hillesden.

Early Origins of the Hillsdon family

The surname Hillsdon was first found in Buckinghamshire, where evidence suggests they held a family seat before the Norman Conquest.

Important Dates for the Hillsdon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hillsdon research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hillsdon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hillsdon 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. Hillsdon has been spelled many different ways, including Hillersdon, Hillersden, Hillesden, Hillesdon, Hillsden, Hillsdon, Hilsdon, Hilsden, Hilden, Helden, Hildon and many more.

Early Notables of the Hillsdon family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Hillsdon family to Ireland

Some of the Hillsdon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hillsdon migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hillsdon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Hillsdon, aged 29, a bootmaker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • Ann Hillsdon, aged 25, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • William Hillsdon, aged 5, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • John Hillsdon, aged 1, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Hillsdon (post 1700)

  • Stanley Hillsdon, Australian founder Cycle Components Manufacturing Company (CCMC) in Guildford in 1935, now known as Custom Bus
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