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

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.

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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.

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.


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

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

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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


  • Thomas Hyam, who landed in Maryland in 1673

Hyam Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Emanuel Hyam settled in New England in 1764
  • Mr. Hyam arrived in Philadelphia in 1775 with his servants
  • Joseph Hyam settled in Grenada in 1776

Hyam Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • S Hyam, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850

Hyam Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Mark Hyam, aged 30, a gatekeeper, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nile"
  • Allen Hyam, aged 3, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nile"
  • Abraham Hyam, aged 52, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Caucasian"

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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.

This page was last modified on 13 February 2015 at 13:56.

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