The ancestors of the name Hilyard date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Hilyard family lived in Somerset
. As a local
name, it was derived from the local at the hill-garth.
The name could also have been an occupational
name for a hellier
who was a roofer, tiler or thatcher.
Early Origins of the Hilyard family
The surname Hilyard was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Hilyard family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hilyard research.Another 331 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1109, 1485, 1537, 1602, 1612, 1619, 1640, 1660, 1670, 1685, 1716, 1729, 1743, 1781, and 1814 are included under the topic Early Hilyard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hilyard 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 Hilyard 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. The variations of the name Hilyard include: Hilliard, Hildyard, Hillard, Hildheard and others.
Early Notables of the Hilyard family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Christopher Hildyard (d. 1602), whose tomb is in Church of St. German in Winestead, as well as a Hildyard, Sheriff of... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hilyard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hilyard 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 Hilyard or a variant listed above:
Hilyard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John A. Hilyard, aged 33, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894
Hilyard Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Samuel B. Hilyard, aged 19, who settled in America, in 1922
Hilyard Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- George Hilyard, aged 29, who emigrated to Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada in 1909