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

The Anglo-Saxon name Hix comes from the son of Richard. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.

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One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Hix has appeared include Hicks, Hickes, Hick, Hix and others.

First found in Yorkshire 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hix research. Another 161 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1551, 1629, 1621, 1628, 1543, 1612, 1596, 1680, 1642, 1715 and are included under the topic Early Hix History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 139 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hix Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Hix family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Hix arrived in North America very early:

Hix Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Robert Hix, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621
  • Margaret Hix, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623
  • William Hix, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • Christopher Hix, who arrived in America in 1654-1679
  • Edwd Hix, who landed in Virginia in 1657


Hix Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Humphry Hix, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Stephen Hix, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • John Hix, who landed in Virginia in 1726
  • Nicklas Hix, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1738

Hix Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Andrew Hix, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

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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: Tout en bon heure
Motto Translation: All in good time.

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