The ancient roots of the Hilsley family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Hilsley comes from when the family lived in the village of Hildersley,
a tithing in Gloucester.
Early Origins of the Hilsley family
The surname Hilsley was first found in Gloucestershire
, where evidence suggests they held a family seat
before the Norman Conquest.
Early History of the Hilsley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hilsley 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 Hilsley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hilsley 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 Hilsley has appeared include Hildersly, Hildest, Hilders, Hilder, Hildesley, Hilderly, Hilderley and many more.
Early Notables of the Hilsley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hilsley family to Ireland
Some of the Hilsley 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 Hilsley family to the New World and Oceana
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 Hilsley arrived in North America very early: John Hillsley, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1870.