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Where did the English Haigh family come from? What is the English Haigh family crest and coat of arms? When did the Haigh family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Haigh family history?

The distinguished and ancient surname Haigh is Old English in origin, and traces its history back to the Middle Ages, when the island of Britain was inhabited by the Anglo-Saxons. The name is derived from the Old English "haga" or the Old Norse "hagi," which both mean "dweller by the haw." It is likely that the name was first borne by someone who lived near a hedged field or enclosure. Although now the name is pronounced as a single syllable, it was originally pronounced as two, as can be seen from the spelling “Hag-he”. Most likely, the second syllable was a hard “g” sound; the name was probably pronounced “hah-geh”.

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During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Haigh occurred in many references, and spelling variations of the name found included Haig, Haigh, Hague, Hait, Haight, Hate, Haga and others.

First found in Yorkshire, where Jollan de Hagh was recorded in 1229. The Scottish branch lived in Bemersyde for many centuries after their arrival in Scotland.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haigh research. Another 185 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1800 and 1861 are included under the topic Early Haigh History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 21 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Haigh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of illness and the elements, were buried at sea. In North America, early immigrants bearing the family name Haigh, or a spelling variation of the surname include:

Haigh Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Abraham Haigh, aged 28, landed in New Jersey in 1812
  • Samuel Haigh, aged 40, landed in Maryland in 1812
  • Amos, Benjamin, Charles, Fred, John, Joseph, Samuel Haigh arrived in Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860
  • David Haigh, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876

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  • Jennifer Haigh, American novelist and short story writer
  • Nancy Haigh, American set designer who has received five Academy Award nominations
  • Edward E. Haigh (1867-1953), American 19th century Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Schofield Haigh (1871-1921), Yorkshire and England cricketer
  • Christopher Haigh, British historian specialising in religion and politics around the English Reformation
  • Gideon Clifford Jeffrey Davidson Haigh (b. 1965), English-born Australian journalist
  • Bob Haigh, English former rugby league footballer
  • Paul Haigh (b. 1958), English former football defender
  • John Haigh (1928-2007), English footballer
  • Daniel Henry Haigh (1819-1879), noted English Victorian scholar of Anglo-Saxon history and literature

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sola Virtus Invicta
Motto Translation: Virtue alone is invincible

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  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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The Haigh Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Haigh Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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