The surname Heighlay is derived from the place name Highly, originally Huggalea or Hugelei in Old English. It is located in Shropshire
, and was listed in the Domesday Book
in 1086 as held by Ralph de Mortimer.
Early Origins of the Heighlay family
The surname Heighlay was first found in Shropshire
at Highley, today a large village and civil parish on the west bank of the River Severn. The village dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 when it was first listed as Hughlei CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and literally meant "woodland clearing of a man called Hugga," from the Old English personal name
+ "leah." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
As far as the surname, the first record of the name was found in 1246 where it was listed simply as "Huggele."
Early History of the Heighlay family
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Heighlay Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Heighlay has been spelled many different ways, including Highley, Highley, Higford, Hiley, Heighly, Hyley and others.
Early Notables of the Heighlay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Heighlay family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Heighlays to arrive in North America: John Hiley, who was sent to a plantation in Virginia in 1665; Jno. Highly, who settled in Virginia in 1673; Julian Hiley, who immigrated to Maryland in 1678.
The Heighlay 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: Dieu et mon Droit
Motto Translation: God and my Right.