Hillis Coat of Arms
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Choose the design you like best, just your ancestors did when they painted these symbols on the shields they carried into battle and displayed in their homes. These coats of arms are real, historical works of art/culture dating back as far as 1100AD. Most of these designs were compiled and documented by genealogists and heraldists in large books published in the nineteenth century. These arms were owned by individuals who bore your surname, and were passed down through the generations from father to son, earning the monicker "family crest".
Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Hillis Name
England, Ireland, Scotland
Origins of Hillis:
The surname of Hillis is said to be a locational surname from the country of England. Since the surname of Hillis is said to be locational, this means that it was often taken by the Lord or owner of the land from which the name derives. Others who may have take a locational surname are people who have migrated out of the area to seek out work. The easiest way to identify someone who was a stranger at that time was by the name of their birthplace. In the case of the surname of Hillis, the word comes from the Old English, Pre 7th Century word of “hill” which literally translates to mean “hill.” Many places throughout the country of England were named with various forms of the word “hill” within them, thus causing many people to be names as Hillis. The surname of Hillis is also a topographical surname for someone who resided on or near a prominent and distinguishable hill or mountain within their community or village. A topographical surname is used to describe someone who lived on or near a residential landmark. This landmark could be either man made or natural, and would have been easily identifiable in the area from which it hailed, thus making the people who lived near it easily distinguished.
More common variations are: Hillies, Hillius, Hillios, Hillias, Hilliss, Hillsy, Hillise, Hills, Hilis, Hillious
Those who are known to bear the surname of Hillis within the country of England can be seen in large concentrations in the areas of Yorkshire, Cumbria, and Lancaster counties.
The first recorded spelling of the surname of Hillis can be traced to the country of Scotland. One person by the name of Adam Hillis was mentioned in the document known as the Council Register of the Burgh of Aberdeen in the year of 1442. Within the country of Scotland there is a sizable population of people who are known to bear the surname of Hillis. The areas that have the larger concentrations of people who are known to bear the surname of Hillis within the country of Scotland can be found in the counties of Lanarkshire, Ayrshire, Renfrewshire, Dunbartonshire, Stirlingshire, and Midlothian.
United States of America:
Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, it was common for European citizens to migrate to the United States of America in search for a new and better, more promising life for them and their families. The United States, which at that time was known as the New World, or the Colonies, promised freedoms that these citizens had never before been afforded, such as the ability to own land. Among those who migrated was one Abraham Hillis, who arrived in America in the year of 1736.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Hillis: United States 6,928; Canada 1,158; England 500; Australia 306; Northern Ireland 215; Saudi Arabia 192; Scotland 177; South Africa 146; New Zealand 137; Ireland 126; United Arab Emirates 54; Spain 13; Mexico 3; China 2
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Hillis Coat of Arms Meaning
The main device (symbol) in the Hillis blazon is the lion. The three main tinctures (colors) are gules, or and argent .
Red in heraldry is given the name Gules, sometimes said to be the “martyr’s colour”1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. The colour is also associated with Mars, the red planet, and the zodiacal sign Aries 2Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. Later heralds of a more poetical nature would sometimes refer to the colour as ruby, after the precious stone.3A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77.
The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.4Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa 5A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.6Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53.
Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 7Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 8A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.
The art of heraldry would be significantly poorer if we were without the lion in all its forms. Most general works on Heraldry devote at least one chapter solely to this magnificent creature and its multifarious depictions 9A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P172 10Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 63 11Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P140. Some of the earliest known examples of heraldry, dating right back to the knighting of Geoffrey of Anjou in 1127, where he is shown with six such beasts upon his shield 12A Treatise on Heraldry, J. Woodward, W & A.K Johnston, Edinburgh & London, 1896, P45 .The great authority on heraldic symbology, Wade, points out the high place that the lion holds in heraldry, “as the emblem of deathless courage” 13The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P60, a sentiment echoed equally today.