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
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.
Early Origins of the Heighway family
The surname Heighway was first found in Wiltshire
, where evidence suggests they held a family seat
before the Norman Conquest.
Early History of the Heighway family
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Heighway 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.
Early Notables of the Heighway family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Heighway family to the New World and Oceana
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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Heighway (post 1700)
- John D. Heighway (1811-1889), American politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1875-77 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
Historic Events for the Heighway family
- Mr. Edward John Heighway, Irish Able-Bodied Seaman from Strangford, Down, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/