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Hillyer is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a hellier, or one who tiles a roof, a thatcher or slater. Interestingly, The Ordinances of Worcester includes the following early reference: The helynge of their houses, and the dores ben all of wode Also that non Tylers were called hillyers of the cite compelle ne charge ne make no tyler straunger to serve at his rule and assignement.

Hillyer Early Origins



The surname Hillyer was first found in Kent, where we find the earliest reference to this name.

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Hillyer Spelling Variations


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Hillyer Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Hillyer has appeared include Hillier, Hillyer, Hilliar and others.

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Hillyer Early History


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Hillyer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hillyer research. Another 294 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1273 and 1347 are included under the topic Early Hillyer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hillyer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hillyer Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Hillyer Notables 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



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Hillyer arrived in North America very early:

Hillyer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Hillyer, who sailed to Connecticut in 1639
  • John Hillyer, who arrived in Connecticut in 1639
  • Lawrence Hillyer, who arrived in Virginia in 1655

Hillyer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jamichah Hillyer, who landed in New York in 1797

Hillyer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Caroline Hillyer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Maria" in 1849
  • Francis Hillyer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Maria" in 1849
  • James Hillyer, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1850
  • James Hillyer, aged 23, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "British Empire"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hillyer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hillyer (post 1700)



  • Robert Silliman Hillyer (1895-1961), American poet and academic awarded the 1934 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
  • Jim Hillyer (1974-2016), Canadian politician, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner (2015-2016)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    11. ...

    The Hillyer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hillyer 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 March 2016 at 10:19.

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