name Heighbirk comes from the Old German name Hildeberht,
which literally means battle-glorious.
Early Origins of the Heighbirk family
The surname Heighbirk was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire
where Marton Hall in Marton was the ancient residence of the Heber
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Heighbirk family
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Heighbirk Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Heighbirk were recorded, including Heber
, Hayburgh and others.
Early Notables of the Heighbirk family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Heighbirk family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Heighbirk family emigrate to North America: John Heber
arrived in New England
in 1743; Mathias and Thomas Heber
settled in Pennsylvania in 1753 and 1771 respectively; Joanna Heber
settled in Texas in 1854..
The Heighbirk 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: Prest d'accomplier
Motto Translation: Ready to accomplish.