Heighditch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Heighditch is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the settlement of Haydock in the parish of Winwick in Lancashire. The name, pronounced Haddock, belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Heighditch family
The surname Heighditch was first found in Lancashire at Haydock, a township, in the parish of St. Thomas in Ashton-in-Makerfield, union of Warrington, hundred of West Derby. "The manor was held jointly by the families of Holland and Haydock, so long as the former had any estates in Lancashire. In the reign of Edward III., Gilbert de Eydock, or Haidoc, had a licence for imparking Haydock; and from this feudal proprietor descended Sir Gilbert de Haydock, whose daughter and heiress married Sir Peter Legh, of Lyme, ancestor of Thomas Legh, Esq., of Lyme Hall, Cheshire, the present lord of the manor and owner of the whole property. " 
Early rolls confirmed this early homestead for the family. The Placita de Quo Warranto, temp. Edward I-III listed "Henry de Haydok, Lancashire, 20 Edward I" (during the twentieth year of King Edward I's reign.)  Gilbert de Eydock, or Haidoc; and Gilbert de Haydock, 1330, were listed 23 Edward III. 
The Lancashire Feet of Fines recorded Edmund de Haydok, 1339. 
"The Haydocks, who are most numerous in the Blackburn district, take their name from the township of Haydock. An old gentle family of this name held the manor of Hesandford or Pheasantford in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries; there were four generations of Simon Haydocks. James Haydock was a Liverpool bailiff in 1507; and there was a Sir Gilbert de Haydock of this county in the time of Henry V." 
Early History of the Heighditch family
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Heighditch Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Heighditch family name include Haydock, Haddock, Hadock and others.
Early Notables of the Heighditch family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: William Haydock (d. 1537), a monk of the Cistercian abbey of Whalley in Lancashire, a younger son of William Haydock of Cottam Hall, near Preston, Lancashire. 
Richard Haydock or Haddock (1552?-1605), was an English Roman Catholic divine, born about 1552, the second son of Vivian Haydock, Esq., of Cottam Hall, near Preston, Lancashire.
Richard Haydock (fl. 1605), was an English physician, born at Grewel in Hampshire. He was educated at Winchester College, and on 12 July 1588 matriculated at New College, Oxford, of which he was elected a fellow in 1590. 
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Migration of the Heighditch family to Ireland
Some of the Heighditch family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Heighditch family
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Heighditch surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Henry Haddock who settled in New England in 1805; William Haddock settled in New England in 1740; Henry, James, and Joseph Haddock arrived in Philadelphia between 1805 and 1840..
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