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This unusual and interesting name is an English occupational (job-descriptive) surname for a "roofer, a tiler or thatcher". The derivation is from the Old English pre 7th Century word "helian", meaning "to cover", in Middle English "hele(a)". The name development has included "Gilbert le Helyere" (1280, Hampshire), Robert le Hillier (1347, Bedfordshire) and one "Walter Helier or Tiler", (1450, London). In the modern idiom the surname can be found in at least nine different forms "Heliar, Hellier, Hellyer, Helyer, Hilliar, Hillier, Hillyar, Hillyer and Hilyer". On June 7th 1629, Nathaniel, son of Edmund and Judith Hillier, was christened at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, and Grace Hillier married Nathaniel Briggs, on August 23rd 1656, at St...

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