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The name Heighes is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Heighes was a name used for a tall or distinguished person. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, physical stature, habits, or character.

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The surname Heighes was first found in Buckinghamshire, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Heighes include High, Hye, Hyee, Heye, Highe and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heighes research. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1567, and 1585 are included under the topic Early Heighes History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Heighes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Heighes were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Archibald High, who came to Maryland in 1670; John High, a bonded passenger sent to America in 1772; Lawrence High, who came to Philadelphia in 1769; Mary Heigh, who settled in Maryland in 1663.

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The Heighes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Heighes Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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