The name Hilslay is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in the village of Hildersley,
a tithing in Gloucester.
Early Origins of the Hilslay family
The surname Hilslay was first found in Gloucestershire
, where evidence suggests they held a family seat
before the Norman Conquest.
Early History of the Hilslay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hilslay 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 Hilslay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hilslay Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Hilslay are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Hilslay include: Hildersly, Hildest, Hilders, Hilder, Hildesley, Hilderly, Hilderley and many more.
Early Notables of the Hilslay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hilslay family to Ireland
Some of the Hilslay 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 Hilslay family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Hilslay or a variant listed above: John Hillsley, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1870.