The present generation of the Hillsley family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in the village of Hildersley,
a tithing in Gloucester.
Early Origins of the Hillsley family
The surname Hillsley was first found in Gloucestershire
, where evidence suggests they held a family seat
before the Norman Conquest.
Early History of the Hillsley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hillsley research.Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1273, 1375, 1598, 1681, 1653, 1654, 1659 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Hillsley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hillsley Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Hillsley include Hildersly, Hildest, Hilders, Hilder, Hildesley, Hilderly, Hilderley and many more.
Early Notables of the Hillsley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hillsley family to Ireland
Some of the Hillsley 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 Hillsley family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Hillsley were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Hillsley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Hillsley, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1870