Origin of the Name Hillis
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants of Hillis include Hillhouse and Hillas. This is a locality name meaning 'at the hill house', from a person who lived in a house on a hill. This name is of English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in the above country. Examples of such are a Nicholas del Hellus, County Buckinghamshire, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England , in the year 1273 and a Richard Pallmer and Grace Hellhouse, was granted a marriage license, in London, in the year 1597.
Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. It was by creating, maintaining and updating these reference books that they were able to maintain their authority and enforce laws.
In Ireland these names were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers during the seventeenth century. The form Hillas can still today be found in small numbers in County Sligo.
The Hillis coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Hillis descendants.