Heighway History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

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.

Important Dates for the Heighway family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heighway research. Another 71 words (5 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Heighway family (pre 1700)

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Heighway migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Heighway Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Heighway, (b. 1830), aged 34, British farm labourer travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "British Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 6th September 1864 [1]
  • Mrs. Lucy Heighway, (b. 1836), aged 28, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "British Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 6th September 1864 [1]
  • Mr. Felix Heighway, (b. 1859), aged 5, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "British Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 6th September 1864 [1]
  • Mr. Simeon Heighway, (b. 1861), aged 3, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "British Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 6th September 1864 [1]
  • Miss Serena Heighway, (b. 1862), aged 2, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "British Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 6th September 1864 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Heighway (post 1700)

  • John D. Heighway (1811-1889), American politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1875-77 [2]

Historic Events for the Heighway family

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Edward John Heighway, Irish Able-Bodied Seaman from Strangford, Down, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [3]

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Citations

  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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