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Hillary Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin):: from the Middle English and Old French male or female personal name Hilari(e) Ilari(e) and Elari(e) from Latin Hilarius and Hilaria ‘joyful’ (from Greek hilaros). 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 (died 368) noted for his vigorous resistance to the Arian heresy and a 5th-century bishop of Arles. Largely due to veneration of Saint Hilarius of Poitiers the name became popular in France in the forms Hilari and Hilaire and was brought to England by the Norman conquerors. Although quite popular in France it was only occasionally used in England where it was confused with the name in 2 below. from the rare Middle English or Old French male or female personal name Eulari(e) an altered form of Latin Eulalius and Eulalia derivatives of the Greek male name Eulalos ‘sweetly speaking’ (literally ‘well-speaking’ chosen by early Christians as a reference to the gift of tongues). A Saint 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 distorted so that eventually the name was considered no more than a feminine form of Hilary (of which the initial aspirate was in any case variable). The Latinized forms in English documents imply Middle English variants such as Eilari(e) exclusive to this name as well as Elari(e) Hillari(e) and Illari(e) shared by the name in 1 above.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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 United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 16 Hillary families living in Ontario. This was about 52% of all the recorded Hillary's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Hillary families in 1911.
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What did your Hillary ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Hillary. 30% of Hillary men worked as a Laborer and 100% of Hillary women worked as a Stenographer. .

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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 1921

  • Laborer
  • Miner
  • Clerk
  • Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
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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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