The name Heighan first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in or beside an enclosed region.
The surname Heighan originally derived from the Old English word hegham
which referred to an enclosed dwelling.
Early Origins of the Heighan family
The surname Heighan 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.
Early History of the Heighan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heighan 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 Heighan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Heighan Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Heighan has appeared include Hyam, Hyams, Hygham, Hyham, Higham, Highams and many more.
Early Notables of the Heighan family (pre 1700)
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 Heighan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Heighan family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Heighan arrived in North America very early: Thomas Higham settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1698; Farwell Higham settled in New England
in 1755; Thomas Higham arrived in New York in 1822; Abel, James, and William Higham arrived in Philadelphia in 1828.