The Hill Families of Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, North/South Carolina, Maryland and on to London, England.


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The Surname HILL is locative in origin being derived from the Old English Hyll-Hill.

Once everyone was known by a single name but this led to confusion and so an extra name was adopted.   Thus a man named John who lived on a prominent hill might be known as "John (on, or by the) Hill," the additional name eventually becoming hereditary as a surname.

Early records mention Gilbert Del Hil of Norfolk in the 1191 Pipe Rolls, William Attahil in the Cambridgeshire Assize Rolls of 1260 and Alan Del Hill in the Essex Hundred Rolls of 1273.

Sir Rowland Hill (1492-1561) was the first Protestant Lord Mayor of London, and Thomas Hill was a popular portrait painter who died in 1734.

Among early emigrants from England to America were Edward, Hanna, and Elizabeth Hill who are recorded in Virginia in 1623.   Benjamin Harvey Hill (1823-1882) was an American political leader, who took part in organizing the government of the Confederacy.

The arms illustrated may be desribed heraldically as:   Sable, a fess between three leopards passant guardant or, spotted of the field, as many escallops gules, and for Motto, "Per deum et ferrum obtinui."  Writers of the past have ascribed symbolism to the tinctures and charges of heraldry, thus sable (black) is said to denote wisdom, or (gold) generosity and gules (red) magnaniunity.   As escallop was in ancient times the emblem of the pilgrim.  The motto may be translated as "By God and my sword I have obtained."