Hilliard Family History

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Hilliard Name Meaning

English: from the Norman female personal name Hildiarde, Hildegard, composed of the Germanic elements hild ‘strife’, ‘battle’ + gard ‘fortress’, ‘stronghold’. The surname has been in Ireland since the 17th century.

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

Similar surnames: Villard, Gilliard, Hilliker, Millard, Willard, Billard, Pollard

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Hilliard Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Hilliard name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Hilliard. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Hilliard Family Origin

Where is the Hilliard family from?

Hilliard Family Occupations

What did your Hilliard ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Hilliard occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Hilliard's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hilliard. A less common occupation for the Hilliard family was Keeping House.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Keeping House


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Hilliard ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Hilliard Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 89,000 census records available for the last name Hilliard. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hilliard census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Hilliard. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 18,000 military records available for the last name Hilliard. For the veterans among your Hilliard ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hilliard Life Expectancy

What is the average Hilliard lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Hilliard life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Hilliard in 1941 was 47, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Hilliard ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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