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Height Early Origins



The surname Height was first found in Derbyshire, where the name appeared in the late 13th century. The Height name, like many surnames, is probably topographical in origin, referring to someone who lived at the height, or summit of a hill. Another possibility is that the name referred to a characteristic of its first bearer, in this case probably the fact that he was tall.

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Height Spelling Variations


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Height Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Height, Hite, Hight, Hyte and others.

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Height Early History


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Height Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Height research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1275 and 1279 are included under the topic Early Height History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Height Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Height Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Height Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World 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 stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Height or a variant listed above:

Height Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jacob Height, who came to Maryland in 1665
  • Jacob Height, who arrived in Maryland in 1665

Height Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anthony Height, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • Anthony Height, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765

Height Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Height, aged 26, landed in America in 1822

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Contemporary Notables of the name Height (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Height (post 1700)



  • Dorothy Irene Height (1912-2010), American administrator, educator, social activist, 2004 recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Jacob S. Height, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Monroe County 4th District, 1898

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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    The Height Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Height 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.

    This page was last modified on 26 October 2015 at 11:12.

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