Heite History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Heite family

The surname Heite was first found in Derbyshire, where the name appeared in the late 13th century. The Heite name, like many surnames, is probably topographical in origin, referring to someone who lived at the height, or summit of a hill. Another possibility is that the name referred to a characteristic of its first bearer, in this case probably the fact that he was tall.

Early History of the Heite family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heite research. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1275 and 1279 are included under the topic Early Heite History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Heite Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Height, Hite, Hight, Hyte and others.

Early Notables of the Heite family (pre 1700)

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United States Heite migration to the United States +

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Heite or a variant listed above:

Heite Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Peter Heite, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Heite (post 1700) +

  • Harry K. Heite, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Dover, Delaware, 1935-61 (acting, 1935) [2]

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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