The ancestors of the bearers of the Heighmes family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in Cumberland
, where their name is derived from Hames Hall.
Early Origins of the Heighmes family
The surname Heighmes was first found in Cumberland
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Heighmes family
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Heighmes Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Heighmes include Hames, Haymes and others.
Early Notables of the Heighmes family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Heighmes family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Heighmes or a variant listed above: Clement Hames settled in St. Christopher in 1635; along with Thomas; William Hames settled in Virginia in 1623; Richard and Thomas Hames settled in Barbados in 1634..