This surname of HIEBER is of various origins. It was an English topographic name, widely distributed, for someone who lived on or by a hill, derived from the Old English word HYLL. It was also an English medieval given name, a short form of Hilary. In Germany it is a diminutive of HILDEBRAND. The name has numerous variant spellings which include HELL, HILLE, HILLMAN, HIEBEL, HOBEL, HEUVEL, HUBLER and HEUVELAMM, to name but a few. The Latin name Hilary 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. The name has a second origin, from the Latin Eulalia, meaning eloquent and well-speaking, chosen by early Christians as a reference to the gift of tongues, likewise introduced into England by the Normans. A Saint Eulalia was crucified at Barcelona in the reign of the Emperor Diocletian, and became the patron of that city. The earliest of the name on record appears to be Hilarius Brunus who was recorded in 1177 in County Worcestershire, and Hillary Constabularius of County York, was recorded in 1200. Richard Ilarie was documented in 1227 in County Suffolk. Willelmus Ylarius is mentioned in 1230 in Worcester, and Roger Hillari appears in 1275 in London. Later instances of the name mention Agnes Ellerie of Ellell in County Lancashire, who was listed in the Lancashire Wills at Richmond in 1664. William Ellerey of Hawkshead was mentioned in the same Wills in the year 1737. William Smith and Martha Ellery were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1772. Margaret, the daughter of James Ellerey was baptised at Ulverston Church in 1758. George Hillary wed Isabella Battin at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the the 1781. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.
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