Heitch is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived near a hedge or enclosure. This name belongs to the class of topographic
surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees. The surname Heitch was originally derived from the Old English hecg,
which meant hedge.
Early Origins of the Heitch family
The surname Heitch was first found in Kent
where John de la Hegge was first listed in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273. The same rolls lists Walter de la Hegge in London. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Heitch family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heitch research.Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1296, 1599, 1629, 1649, 1714, 1632 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Heitch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Heitch Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Heitch family name include Hedge, Hedges, Hegges, Hegge and others.
Early Notables of the Heitch family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Heitch family to Ireland
Some of the Heitch family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 115 words (8 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 Heitch family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Heitch surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Mary Hedge settled in Pennsylvania in 1682; Samuel Hedge settled in Delaware in 1675; another Samuel Hedge settled in New Jersey in 1664 with his wife Anne.