Derived from the location where an ancestor originated
on the hill'
From Yorkshire to Cornwall but mainly in Devon, Somerset and Gloucestershire.
In 1853 the 25th most common name in England and Wales
Cottle, Basil, The Penguin Dictionary of Surnames (London:
Penguin UK, 1967)
ii) Reaney & Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames (Oxford:
Oxford University Press, 1958)
line of the Hill family can be traced back to William Hill and Mary
Goss who lived in the Wiltshire village of Devizes
and married there in 1825. Two generations of the Hill family worked
as plasterers and later masons.
Their granddaughter - my great grandmother - Rose Hannah Hill was
born in 1874 in Norwood
in Surrey, where a branch of the family had moved around the middle
of the century. A dressmaker, she married Jehu Heighes
in 1894 in Chiddingfold
in the south of the county. They had 8 children.