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.
Early Origins of the Heighton family
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
in 1296. Today Hightown is a village and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton in Merseyside but originally part of Cheshire
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." 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].
Early History of the Heighton family
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.
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.
Early Notables of the Heighton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Heighton family to 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.
Migration of the Heighton family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. 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
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 General’s Award, Trillium Award, Journey Prize, and Pushcart Prize nominated author and poet from Toronto, Ontario