Heighbirn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
In the annals of British history, few names go farther back than Heighbirn, which started among the people of the Boernician tribe. The first family to use the name Heighbirn lived in Northumberland, in the village of Hebburn in the parish of Chillingham.
Early Origins of the Heighbirn family
The surname Heighbirn was first found in Northumberland at Hebburn, a township, in the parish of Chillingham, union of Glendale. "There are some remains of an ancient castle, built, and long occupied, by a family which took its name from the village."  Now part of the Tyne and Wear county, Hebburn dates back to about 1104-08 when it was first listed as Heabyrn. Literally the place name means "high burial place or tumulus," from the Old English words "heah" + "byrgen."  One of the first records of the name was Thomas de Heburn who was listed in the Assize Rolls of Northumberland in 1279. 
Early History of the Heighbirn family
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Heighbirn Spelling Variations
The name Heighbirn, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Hepburn, Heyburn, Hepborne, Hepbourne, Hepbourn and others.
Early Notables of the Heighbirn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Heighbirn family to Ireland
Some of the Heighbirn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Heighbirn family
The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Heighbirn family, or who bore a variation of the surname Heighbirn were Thomas Hepburn, who settled in Baltimore in 1792; George Hepborne settled in Boston along with Anne, Rebecca, and Anna in 1635; Francis Hepbourne settled in Maryland in 1769..
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)