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

The Anglo-Saxon name Hightower comes from when the family resided in or near the settlement of Heighton in the county of Sussex. The surname is thought to derive from one of several place names composed of the old English elements "heah" or "high" and "tun," meaning "enclosure or settlement." The surname Hightower belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Hightower has been recorded under many different variations, including Heighton, Highton, Huyton and others.

First found in Sussex where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.Perhaps the first record of the name is of John atte Heghetun who was mentioned in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1296.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hightower research. Another 274 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1279, and 1296 are included under the topic Early Hightower History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Hightower Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hightower or a variant listed above:

Hightower Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • William Hightower, aged 20, who emigrated to America from London, in 1899

Hightower Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Tenis B. Hightower, aged 28, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Daniel Hightower, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Rose Hightower, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • George R. Hightower, who settled in America, in 1911
  • Wilbur Hightower, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1918


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  • James Allen "Jim" Hightower (b. 1943), American syndicated columnist, populist activist and author
  • Timothy Michael Hightower (b. 1986), American football running back
  • Rosella Hightower (1920-2008), American ballerina
  • Jack English Hightower (b. 1926), former Democratic U.S. representative from Texas
  • Rosetta Hightower (b. 1944), American singer
  • Scott Hightower (b. 1952), American poet and teacher
  • Richie Hightower (b. 1982), American mixed martial artist
  • Grace Hightower (b. 1955), American philanthropist, actress and singer
  • Wayne A. Hightower (1940-2002), American basketball player
  • Cory Hightower (b. 1979), American professional basketball player

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The Hightower Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hightower 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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