The original Gaelic form of Hicheson was O hUgin, which is derived from the word uiging, which is akin to the Norse word viking.
Early Origins of the Hicheson family
The surname Hicheson was first found in County Sligo
(Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht
in Northwestern Ireland
, where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Hicheson family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hicheson research.Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1764, 1588, 1630, 1629, 1630, 1616, 1708, 1652, 1708, 1692 and 1698 are included under the topic Early Hicheson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hicheson Spelling Variations
The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations
for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Hicheson were encountered in the archives: Higginson, Hickinson, Hickenson, Hickeson and many more.
Early Notables of the Hicheson family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family name at this time was Isabel Hickinson who was buried at St. Johns Church, Dublin
. Francis Higginson (1588-1630), was an English-born Puritan minister who led a group of about 350 settlers on six ships from England
to New England
in 1629, one year before the Winthrop Fleet... Another 107 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hicheson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hicheson family to the New World and Oceana
Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine
during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Hicheson: Anne, Charles, Frances, John, Mary, Neophytus, Samuel, Pheophilus, Timothy Higginson, who all settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1629; Humphrey Higginson settled in Virginia in 1635.
The Hicheson Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Malo mori quam foedari
Motto Translation: I would rather die than be disgraced.