Haigh History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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”.

Early Origins of the Haigh family

The surname Haigh was 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.

Early History of the Haigh family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haigh research. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1800 and 1861 are included under the topic Early Haigh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Haigh Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Haigh family (pre 1700)

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United States Haigh migration to the United States +

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, who landed in New Jersey in 1812 [1]
  • Samuel Haigh, aged 40, who landed in Maryland in 1812 [1]
  • Amos, Benjamin, Charles, Fred, John, Joseph, Samuel Haigh, who arrived in Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860
  • David Haigh, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876 [1]

Australia Haigh migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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, Australia [2]
  • Mr. Samuel Haigh, English convict who was convicted in York, Yorkshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Blundell" on 13th March 1844, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [3]
  • Frederick Haigh, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Bedford" in 1848 [4]
  • John Haigh, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1849 [5]
  • Allen Haigh, aged 24, a whiter, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo" [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Haigh migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Haigh Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • George Haigh, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • George Haigh, aged 33, a gardener, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Haigh, aged 35, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Abraham Haigh, aged 9, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • George Haigh, aged 7, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Haigh (post 1700) +

  • 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 [7]
  • 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 [7]
  • Rowe W. Haigh, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 17th District, 1932 [7]
  • 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 [7]
  • Henry Allyn Haigh (1854-1942), American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1892; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1896 [7]
  • Daniel Henry Haigh (1819-1879), noted English Victorian scholar of Anglo-Saxon history and literature, son of George Haigh, calico printer, born at Brinscall Hall, near Chorley, Lancashire, on 7 Aug. 1819 [8]
  • George Haigh (1915-2019), English professional footballer and manager who lived to be 103 years old
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Samuel Ernest Haigh, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [9]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Stanley W. Haigh, British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [10]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. James Harold Haigh, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [11]

The Haigh Motto +

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

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1835 with 132 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1835
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blundell
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DUKE OF BEDFORD 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848DukeofBedford.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The CAROLINE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Caroline.htm
  6. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 23rd November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Dirigo 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/dirigo1854.shtml.
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020
  9. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  10. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  11. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/

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