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The Anglo-Saxon name Hyam comes from the family having resided in or beside an enclosed region. The surname Hyam originally derived from the Old English word hegham which referred to an enclosed dwelling.
The surname Hyam was 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.
Hyam 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hyam research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1440, 1560, 1495, 1571, 1554, 1555, 1568, 1634 and 1545 are included under the topic Early Hyam History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Clement Higham, (also Heigham), of Barrow Hall, Suffolk, (1495-1571), a Member of Parliament, Speaker of the House of Commons (1554-1555), Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer...
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hyam Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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 Hyams to arrive on North American shores:
Hyam Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Hyam Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Hyam Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Hyam Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The Hyam Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hyam 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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