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Hillary Name Meaning

from a medieval male personal name (from Latin Hilarius, a derivative of hilaris ‘cheerful’, ‘glad’, from Greek hilaros ‘propitious’, ‘joyful’). The Latin name was chosen by many early Christians to express their joy and hope of salvation, and was borne by several saints, including a 4th-century bishop of Poitiers noted for his vigorous resistance to the Arian heresy, and a 5th-century bishop of Arles. Largely due to veneration of the first of these, the name became popular in France in the forms Hilari and Hilaire, and was brought to England by the Norman conquerors. from the much rarer female personal name Eulalie (from Latin Eulalia, from Greek eulalos ‘eloquent’, literally well-speaking, chosen by early Christians as a reference to the gift of tongues), likewise introduced into England by the Normans. A St. Eulalia was crucified at Barcelona in the reign of the Emperor Diocletian and became the patron of that city. In England the name underwent dissimilation of the sequence -l-l- to -l-r- and the unfamiliar initial vowel was also mutilated, so that eventually the name was considered as no more than a feminine form of Hilary (of which the initial aspirate was in any case variable).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Gillard, Lilly, Tilly, Hillard, Hiller, Billard, Hilgart, Hille

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You can see how Hillary families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hillary family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hillary families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there was 1 Hillary family living in Maryland. This was 100% of all the recorded Hillary's in the USA. Maryland had the highest population of Hillary families in 1840.
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What did your Hillary ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Cook were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hillary. 45% of Hillary men worked as a Laborer and 29% of Hillary women worked as a Cook. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hillary were Truck Driver and Seamstress.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    45%
  • Proprietor
    10%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Truck Driver
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Cook
    29%
  • Laundress
    15%
  • Housewife
    15%
  • Seamstress
    15%
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What is the average Hillary lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Hillary life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Hillary in 1953 was 45, and 82 in 2004.

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