Hilton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The lineage of the name Hilton begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the parish of Hilton found in several locations including Derby, Dorset, Durham, Staffordshire and the North Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Hilton is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill. In this case the original bearers of the surname Hilton lived in the hill-town.

Early Origins of the Hilton family

The surname Hilton was first found in Durham, now in the area of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England where one of the first records of the name was Robert Hylton, 1st Baron Hylton (d. 1322.) His son, Alexander, was called to Parliament in 1332 and 1335. This first line of Barons Hylton continued for 424 years ending with John Hylton, the 18th Baron Hylton (1699-1746.) Hylton Castle is now a ruined stone castle in the North Hylton and is owned by English Heritage. "It was the residence of the Hyltons from the time of King Athelstan to the year 1746, and the building has the arms of that ancient family and its alliances engraven on it in numerous places; its battlements are ornamented with statues, and its corners with circular turrets." [1]

Important Dates for the Hilton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hilton research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1296, 1295, 1532, 1396, 1400, 1322, 1360, 1340, 1377, 1356, 1435, 1385, 1447, 1457, 1451, 1500, 1535, 1560, 1599, 1657 and 1609 are included under the topic Early Hilton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hilton Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Hilton has undergone many spelling variations, including Hilton, Hylton and others.

Early Notables of the Hilton family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Robert Hylton, 1st Baron Hylton (d. 1322); Alexander Hylton, 2nd Baron Hylton (d. 1360); Robert Hylton, de jure 3rd Baron Hylton (1340-1377); Sir William Hylton, de jure 4th Baron Hylton (1356-1435); Sir Robert Hylton, de jure 5th Baron Hylton (1385-1447); William Hylton, de jure 6th Baron...
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Migration of the Hilton family to Ireland

Some of the Hilton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hilton migration to the United States

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hilton were among those contributors:

Hilton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Hugh Hilton, who settled in Virginia in 1619
  • Hugh Hilton, who arrived in Virginia in 1619 [2]
  • William Hilton, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621 [2]
  • Mary Hilton, who settled in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1623
  • William Hilton, who settled in Plymouth with his wife and two children in 1623
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hilton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mathias Hilton, who arrived in New England in 1738 [2]
Hilton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • R Hilton, who landed in New York, NY in 1812 [2]
  • Robert Hilton, who arrived in America in 1818 [2]
  • John Hilton, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [2]
  • Jonathan Hilton, who landed in Rhode Island in 1861 [2]
  • George Hilton, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hilton migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hilton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Harris Hilton, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Amy Hilton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Ben John Hilton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Sgt. William B. Hilton U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 [3]
Hilton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Hilton, who landed in Canada in 1833

Hilton migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hilton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Hilton, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • William Hilton, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • William Hilton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839 [6]
  • Hannah Hilton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839 [6]
  • Barbara Hilton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hilton migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hilton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Robert Hilton, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843
  • Mr. Hilton, British settler travelling from London via Plymouth aboard the ship "Tasmania" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on to Lyttelton on 26th February 1853 [7]
  • John Hilton, aged 28, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1856
  • George Hilton, aged 26, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "England" in 1872
  • Mr. George R Hilton, (b. 1853), aged 24, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Marlborough" arriving in Bluff, South Island, New Zealand on 4th November 1877 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hilton (post 1700)

  • Roy Lee Hilton (1943-2019), American football defensive end in the National Football League from 1965 through 1975
  • John David Hilton (1950-2017), American Major League Baseball third baseman for the San Diego Padres (1972-1975), Frederick Keys manager in 1997
  • John Hilton (1942-2017), American National Football League tight end who played from 1965 to 1973
  • Eric Michael Hilton (1933-2016), American heir, hotelier and philanthropist, son of Conrad Hilton
  • Richard Howard "Rick" Hilton (b. 1955), American entrepreneur and hotelier, Chairman and co-founder of Hilton & Hyland
  • William Barron Hilton I (b. 1927), American business magnate, socialite, and hotel heir, former co-chairman of the Hilton Hotels chain
  • Conrad Nicholson "Nicky" Hilton Jr. (1926-1969), American socialite, hotel heir, businessman, and Trans World Airlines (TWA) director
  • Paris Hilton (b. 1981), American television personality, co-heir to the Hilton hotel fortune
  • Conrad Nicholson Hilton (1887-1979), American businessman and investor, founder of Hilton Hotels
  • Alfred B. Hilton (1842-1864), Union Army soldier during the American Civil War, recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Chaffin's Farm
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Hilton family

Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Annie May  Hilton (1891-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [9]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Albert F Hilton (b. 1918), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Brighton, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [10]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Eric Ernest Hilton (b. 1918), British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [11]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. George Percival Hilton, English First Waiter from Liscard, Cheshire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [12]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Wilson Woodrow Hilton, American Gunner's Mate First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [13]

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Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SOMERSETSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Somersetshire.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  10. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  11. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  12. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  13. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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