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

The ancestors of the name Hyman date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in or beside an enclosed region. The surname Hyman originally derived from the Old English word hegham which referred to an enclosed dwelling.


Hyman has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Hyam, Hyams, Hygham, Hyham, Higham, Highams and many more.

First found in Cheshire 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hyman research. Another 275 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1440, 1554, 1555, 1560, and 1571 are included under the topic Early Hyman History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 42 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hyman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Hymans to arrive on North American shores:

Hyman Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Margaret Hyman, who arrived in New York, NY in 1739

Hyman Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Hyman, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1812
  • E Hyman, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • R Hyman, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • S Hyman, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • James Hyman, who landed in Mississippi in 1853


  • Robert Andrew "Rob" Hyman (b. 1950), American singer, songwriter, keyboard player, accordion player, producer, arranger and recording studio owner
  • Larry M. Hyman (b. 1947), American Professor of Linguistics
  • Phyllis Linda Hyman (1949-1995), American soul singer and actress
  • Richard “Dick” Hyman (b. 1927), American jazz pianist /keyboardist and composer
  • Earle Hyman (b. 1926), American stage, television, and film actor
  • Misty Dawn Marie Hyman (b. 1979), former American swimmer
  • Ray Hyman (b. 1928), American Professor Emeritus of Psychology
  • Libbie Henrietta Hyman (1888-1969), American zoologist
  • Flora Jean Hyman (1954-1986), American volleyball player
  • Mac Hyman (1923-1963), American fiction writer



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

This page was last modified on 14 February 2014 at 10:03.

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