Heath History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Heath has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived on a heath, which is an area of level, uncultivated land with poor, coarse, undrained soil and rich deposits of peat or peaty humus. The surname Heath belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.

Early Origins of the Heath family

The surname Heath was first found in Durham where it was first listed as Atte-Hethe, Apud Hethe and Del la Hethe in the Rotuli Hundredorum of 1279. [1] The name was denoted for someone who lived on or by a heath, typically filled with heather. [2] Kirby's Quest for Somerset listed Adam atte Hethe and John atte Hethe during the reign of Edward III. [3]

Later in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379, Robert del Heth was listed. Thomas Atte-Hethe was rector of Ringstead Parva, Norfolk in 1376 and Ralph atte Heythe was rector of Rockland Tofts, Norfolk in 1398. [4]

Robert Heete or Robert of Woodstock (d. 1428), was an early "canonist and civilian, presumably a native of Woodstock, Oxfordshire, became scholar of Winchester College in 1401, and in due course scholar of New College, Oxford, where he graduated M.A. and LL.B. " [5]

Early History of the Heath family

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Heath Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Heath have been found, including Heath, Hethe and others.

Early Notables of the Heath family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir Robert Heath (1575-1649), Attorney General of England, and founder of North Carolina and South Carolina. He was the son of Robert Heath of Brasted, Kent, a member of the Inner Temple and was born at Brasted on 20 May 1575. [5] James Heath (1629-1664), was a historian, son of Robert Heath, the king's cutler, who lived in the Strand, was born in London in 1629, and educated in Westminster School. [5] Thomas Heath ( fl. 1583), was an English mathematician, born in London and was admitted probationer fellow of All Souls, Oxford, in 1567. [5] John...
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Ireland Migration of the Heath family to Ireland

Some of the Heath family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Heath migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Heath, or a variant listed above:

Heath Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Heath, who settled in New England in 1620 later moving to Boston in 1632
  • Thomas Heath, who arrived in Maryland in 1633 [6]
  • Issabell Heath, who arrived in Virginia in 1634 [6]
  • Isack Heath, aged 50, who arrived in New England in 1635 [6]
  • Jon Heath, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Heath Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robrt Heath, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1700 [6]
  • John Heath, who arrived in America in 1764 [6]
  • Benjamin Heath, who arrived in America in 1799 [6]
Heath Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edward Heath, aged 44, who landed in Connecticut in 1812 [6]
  • Joseph Heath, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1812 [6]
  • Noble Heath, aged 17, who arrived in Maine in 1812 [6]
  • Frank Heath, who landed in New York in 1849 [6]

Canada Heath migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Heath Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Ebenezer Heath, who landed in Canada in 1828
  • Morris Heath, who arrived in Canada in 1841

Australia Heath migration to Australia +

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

Heath Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Charles Heath, English convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Barwell" in September 1797, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Mr. William Heath, English convict who was convicted in Coventry, England for life, transported aboard the "Barwell" in September 1797, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]
Heath Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Heath, British convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Calcutta" in February 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Mr. John Heath, English convict who was convicted in London, England for life, transported aboard the "Baring" in December 1818, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • Mr. Richard Heath, English convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Baring" in December 1818, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • Richard Heath, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • George Heath, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836 [11]
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New Zealand Heath 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:

Heath Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Heath, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mr. Charles Heath, Cornish settler travelling from Launceston aboard the ship "Sir John Franklin" arriving in New Zealand in 1841 [12]
  • J Heath, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1844
  • H A Heath, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1845
  • Mr. Thomas Heath, British settler arriving as Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Sir George Symour" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th November 1847 [12]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Heath (post 1700) +

  • James Edward "Jimmy" Heath (1926-2020), nicknamed Little Bird, was an American jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger and big band leader
  • Benjamin Heath (1704-1766), English classical scholar and bibliophile
  • Thomas Heath (1719-1773), English scientific and mathematical instrument maker
  • Sir Thomas Little Heath (1861-1940), British civil servant, mathematician, classical scholar, historian of ancient Greek mathematics, translator, and mountaineer
  • Mr. Scott Heath B.E.M., British recipient of the British Empire Medal on 8th June 2018, for services to LGBT community [13]
  • Mrs. Lorraine Margaret Heath O.B.E. (b. 1967), British Chief Executive Officer for Uffculme Academy Trust, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Education [14]
  • Lieutenant-General Sir Lewis Macclesfield Heath KBE, CB, CIE, DSO, MC (1885-1954), British and Indian Army officer during World War I and World War II
  • Air Marshall Sir Maurice Heath (1909-1998), former Chief of Staff Allied Air Forces, Central Europe
  • Prime Minister Sir Edward Richard George Heath (1916-2005), Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1970 to 1974
  • David William St. John Heath CBE (b. 1954), British politician
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Master John Heath (1911-1914), American Second Class Passenger from Chicago, Illinois, United States who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [15]
  • Mr. Hugh Heath (1886-1914), American Second Class Passenger from Chicago, Illinois, United States who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [15]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. David J Heath (b. 1912), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Watford, Hertfordshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [16]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Francis Mortimer Heath, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [17]
  • Mr. David Graham Heath, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [17]
  • Mr. Charles Andrew Heath, British Musician, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [17]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Leonard Heath, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [18]
HMS Royal Oak
  • H. Heath, British Engine Room Artificer 4th Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [19]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Alfred Grant Heath, American Seaman First Class from Wisconsin, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [20]


The Heath 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: Espere mieux
Motto Translation: Hope for better.


Suggested Readings for the name Heath +

  • 580 Harrington-Heath Heritage: Ancestors and Descendants (1600-1984) of Oramel Warren Harrington and Martha C. Heath by Ruth Haddox Harrington.

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  3. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 29th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barwell
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/calcutta
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/baring
  10. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  11. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Cygnet arrived Holdfast Bay, Adealide Sept. 11, 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Cygnet.htm
  12. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  13. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 31 October 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1
  14. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  15. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  16. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  17. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  18. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  19. ^ 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
  20. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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