Illtune History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The present generation of the Illtune family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in the parish of Hilton found in several locations including Derby, Dorset, Durham, Staffordshire and the North Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Illtune 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 Illtune lived in the hill-town.
Early Origins of the Illtune family
The surname Illtune 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.)
Walter Hilton (d. 1396), was a religious writer and Canon of the house of Augustinian canons at Thurgarton in Nottinghamshire. 
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." 
Early History of the Illtune family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Illtune 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 Illtune History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Illtune Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Illtune include Hilton, Hylton and others.
Early Notables of the Illtune 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 Hylton...
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Migration of the Illtune family to Ireland
Some of the Illtune 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.
Migration of the Illtune family
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Illtune were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Hugh Hilton, who settled in Virginia in 1619, a year before the " Mayflower"; Mary Hilton settled in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1623; William Hilton settled in Plymouth with his wife and two children in 1623..
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- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.