Hillslay is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in the village of Hildersley,
a tithing in Gloucester.
Early Origins of the Hillslay family
The surname Hillslay was first found in Gloucestershire
, where evidence suggests they held a family seat
before the Norman Conquest.
Early History of the Hillslay family
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Hillslay Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hillslay family name include Hildersly, Hildest, Hilders, Hilder, Hildesley, Hilderly, Hilderley and many more.
Early Notables of the Hillslay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hillslay family to Ireland
Some of the Hillslay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 53 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hillslay family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Hillslay surname or a spelling variation of the name include: John Hillsley, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1870.