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The ancestry of the name Heighway dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in Wiltshire, where they took their name from the place-name Highway. The place-name Highway was spelt in the Domesday Book of 1086, as Hiwei. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English elements heg and weg, which meant "road used for carrying hay." The original bearer of the name may have resided nest to such a feature; however, the late date of the first appearance of the surname (1324) suggests that the place-name preceded the surname and that the surname is directly derived from the place.

Heighway Early Origins



The surname Heighway was first found in Wiltshire, where evidence suggests they held a family seat before the Norman Conquest.

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Heighway Spelling Variations


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Heighway Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Heighway have been found, including Highway, Heyweye, Hiwei, Heighway and others.

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Heighway Early History


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Heighway Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heighway research. Another 256 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1272, 1307, and 1620 are included under the topic Early Heighway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Heighway Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Heighway Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Heighway 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



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Heighway, or a variant listed above: John Highway, who sailed to Maryland in 1674; Thomas Highway also to Maryland in 1679 and Samuel Highway, who settled in Ohio in 1812.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Heighway (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Heighway (post 1700)



  • John D. Heighway (1811-1889), American politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1875-77

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Heighway Historic Events


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Heighway Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Edward John Heighway, Irish Able-Bodied Seaman from Strangford, Down, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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    The Heighway Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Heighway 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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