History of your Surname
Get access to Hilson family records.Start a free trial

Hilson Family History

Hilson Name Meaning

English and Scottish:: patronymic meaning ‘son of Hild’; see Hild patronymic meaning ‘son of Hille’; see Hill

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

Similar surnames: Hillson, Wilson, Hilton, Philson, Tilson, Gilson, Bilson, Filson

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Hilson family from?

You can see how Hilson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hilson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hilson families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 5 Hilson families living in Georgia. This was about 31% of all the recorded Hilson's in USA. Georgia and 1 other state had the highest population of Hilson families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Hilson surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Hilson ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Hilson. 23% of Hilson men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Hilson women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hilson were Clerk and Secretary. .

View Census Data for Hilson | Data not to scale

*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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Secretary
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Hilson family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 18,000 census records available for the last name Hilson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hilson census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search US census records for Hilson

Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Hilson. 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.

View all Hilson immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Hilson. For the veterans among your Hilson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Hilson military records

You've only scratched the surface of Hilson family history

Discover More

What is the average Hilson lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Hilson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Hilson in 1959 was 43, and 67 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Hilson

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Hilson family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial