Coat of Arms
Coat of Arms
The Hillman Coat of Arms illustrated left was drawn by an heraldic artist from information officially recorded in ancient heraldic archives. Documentation for the Hillman Coat of Arms design can be found in Burke’s General Armory. Heraldic artists of old developed their own unique language to describe an individual Coat of Arms. In their language, the Arms (shield) is as follows:
“Gu, on a bend cotised or, three roses of the field, seeded of the second, barbed vert.”
Above the shield and helmet is the Crest which is described as:
A demi-eagle, wings displayed or, holding in the beak a rose gu. stalked and leaved vert, between.”
When translated the blazon also describes the original colors of the Hillman Arms and Crest as it appeared centuries ago.
Family mottos are believed to have originated as battle cries in medieval times. A Motto was not recorded with this Hillman Coat of Arms.
Individual surnames originated for the purpose of more specific identification. The four primary sources for second names were: occupation, location, father’s name, or personal characteristics. The surname Hillman appears to be locational in origin, and is believed to be associated with the meaning, “one who lived on a hill.” Different spellings of the same original surname are a common occurrence. Dictionaries of surnames indicate probable spelling variations of Hillman to be Hulemen and Hullman. Although bearers of the old and distinguished Hillman name comprise a small fraction of the population there are number who have established for it a significant place in history:
“The most rootless yearn for roots; the most mobile bemoan their placeless fate; the most isolated yearn
for kin and community, for these represent the basic things that make life worth living for many people.”
– David Schneider