The origins of the Hilsly name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in the village of Hildersley,
a tithing in Gloucester.
Early Origins of the Hilsly family
The surname Hilsly was first found in Gloucestershire
, where evidence suggests they held a family seat
before the Norman Conquest.
Early History of the Hilsly family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hilsly 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 Hilsly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hilsly Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Hilsly were recorded, including Hildersly, Hildest, Hilders, Hilder, Hildesley, Hilderly, Hilderley and many more.
Early Notables of the Hilsly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hilsly family to Ireland
Some of the Hilsly 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 Hilsly family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Hilsly family emigrate to North America: John Hillsley, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1870.