Posted By:Elizabeth Miles
Subject:Re: Searching my" HYLAND "Roots in Scotland"
Post Date:October 24, 2006 at 10:15:49
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I just found your post, and I know its been a few years, I was just wondering if you had any luck. I have been researching my family for a long time as well. My great grandfather is Joe Hiland, and his line I know goes back to Scotland, I have not yet found where however. I am sure you have discovered something already, but in response to your question about 'Hyland' being an Irish name, I can tell you that 'Hyland' is the Irish form, as well as 'Heeland'. 'Highland' and 'Hiland' are supposedly Scottish forms of the name, and 'Heiland' and 'Holland' are the German forms of the name. I have many a distant family members residing in TN (whom I know) and many in Ohio (who I only know on paper). Supposedly, every one in the states with the Scottish and irish spellings of my name, Hiland, I am related to. The problem is that in many cases when people immigrated to America from Ireland and Scotland their location was mistakenly placed as their name. I.E. if they came from the Highlands of Scotland, their name was written as Highland, and their real surnames were written as their original location. Also, note that around the 1300's (and I am sure even earlier) Irish and Norse peoples were discovering the Scottish highlands, and many scottish families are actually Scotch-Irish, having lived in Ireland for hundreds of years and then in scotland for hundreds of years. It's really very fuzzy. I guess all we can really say is that we are all celtic and gaelic in one way or another. Anyway, please get back to me if you can, I am interested to see if our families interlock anywhere.Thanks, and hope you have had luck.