The ancient roots of the Ilston family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Ilston comes from when the family lived in the parish of Hilton found in several locations including Derby, Dorset
and the North Riding of Yorkshire
. The surname Ilston 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 Ilston lived in the hill-town.
Early Origins of the Ilston family
The surname Ilston 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Ilston family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ilston research.Another 257 words (18 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 Ilston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ilston 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 Ilston has appeared include Hilton, Hylton and others.
Early Notables of the Ilston 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... Another 57 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ilston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ilston family to Ireland
Some of the Ilston family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 35 words (2 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 Ilston 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 Ilston arrived in North America very early: 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..