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The ancestors of the name Heighton date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Heighton family lived in or near the settlement of Heighton in the county of Sussex. The surname is thought to derive from one of several place names composed of the old English elements "heah" or "high" and "tun," meaning "enclosure or settlement." The surname Heighton belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Heighton Early Origins



The surname Heighton was first found in Sussex where the first record of the name is John atte Heghetun who was mentioned in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1296. Today Hightown is a village and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton in Merseyside but originally part of Cheshire. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
However, other references list Hightown in what was formerly Lancashire. "The Huytons of Billinge held land [in Skelmersdale, Lancashire] as early as 1307." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol3/pp265-276 [accessed 21 January 2017].

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Heighton Spelling Variations


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Heighton Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Heighton are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Heighton include: Heighton, Highton, Huyton and others.

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Heighton Early History


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Heighton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heighton research. Another 333 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1273 and 1279 are included under the topic Early Heighton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Heighton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Heighton Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Heighton In Ireland


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Heighton In Ireland



Some of the Heighton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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 tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Heighton or a variant listed above:

Heighton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Heighton who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1828

Heighton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Heighton, aged 37, a gardener, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
  • Mary A. Heighton, aged 25, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
  • J. William Heighton, aged 4, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Heighton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Heighton (post 1700)



  • William Heighton (1800-1873), English-born, American shoemaker who became the leader of the Philadelphia Working Man's Party
  • James Heighton (b. 1944), Canadian retired CFL defensive lineman from Victoria, British Columbia
  • Brent Heighton, Canadian artist
  • Steven Heighton (b. 1961), Canadian Governor Generalís Award, Trillium Award, Journey Prize, and Pushcart Prize nominated author and poet from Toronto, Ontario

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ 'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol3/pp265-276 [accessed 21 January 2017].

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The Heighton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Heighton 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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