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.
Early Origins of the Heighes family
The surname Heighes was first found in Buckinghamshire
, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Heighes family
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Heighes Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Heighes family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Heighes family to the New World and Oceana
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.