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'Dweller on the hill'

Geographic origins i) From Yorkshire to Cornwall but mainly in Devon, Somerset and Gloucestershire. In 1853 the 25th most common name in England and Wales
Language Old English
Sources i) Cottle, Basil, The Penguin Dictionary of Surnames (London: Penguin UK, 1967)

ii) Reaney & Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1958)
My 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.

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