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

The distinguished and ancient surname Haigh is Old English in origin, and traces its history back to the Middle Ages, when the island of Britain was inhabited by the Anglo-Saxons. The name is derived from the Old English "haga" or the Old Norse "hagi," which both mean "dweller by the haw." It is likely that the name was first borne by someone who lived near a hedged field or enclosure. Although now the name is pronounced as a single syllable, it was originally pronounced as two, as can be seen from the spelling “Hag-he”. Most likely, the second syllable was a hard “g” sound; the name was probably pronounced “hah-geh”.


During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Haigh occurred in many references, and spelling variations of the name found included Haig, Haigh, Hague, Hait, Haight, Hate, Haga and others.

First found in Yorkshire, where Jollan de Hagh was recorded in 1229. The Scottish branch lived in Bemersyde for many centuries after their arrival in Scotland.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haigh research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1800 and 1861 are included under the topic Early Haigh History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Haigh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of illness and the elements, were buried at sea. In North America, early immigrants bearing the family name Haigh, or a spelling variation of the surname include:

Haigh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Abraham Haigh, aged 28, landed in New Jersey in 1812
  • Samuel Haigh, aged 40, landed in Maryland in 1812
  • Amos, Benjamin, Charles, Fred, John, Joseph, Samuel Haigh arrived in Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860
  • David Haigh, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876

Haigh Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Haigh, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Frederick Haigh arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Bedford" in 1848
  • John Haigh arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1849
  • Allen Haigh, aged 24, a whiter, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo"
  • Samuel Haigh, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"

Haigh Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Haigh landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • George Haigh, aged 33, a gardener, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Haigh, aged 35, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Abraham Haigh, aged 9, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • George Haigh, aged 7, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842


  • Edward E. Haigh (1867-1953), American 19th century Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Nancy Haigh, American set designer who has received five Academy Award nominations
  • Jennifer Haigh, American novelist and short story writer
  • William Haigh, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Huddersfield, 1863, 1868-70
  • Walter F. Haigh, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Salem, 1948; Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Salem, 1956
  • Rowe W. Haigh, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 17th District, 1932
  • Jane G. Haigh (b. 1951), American Democrat politician, Candidate for Alaska State Senate District P, 1998; Candidate for Alaska State House of Representatives 32nd District, 2000
  • Henry Allyn Haigh (1854-1942), American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1892; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1896
  • Daniel Henry Haigh (1819-1879), noted English Victorian scholar of Anglo-Saxon history and literature
  • John Haigh (1928-2007), English footballer



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: Sola Virtus Invicta
Motto Translation: Virtue alone is invincible


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