Hickam History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancient roots of the Hickam family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Hickam comes from when the family lived in or beside an enclosed region. The surname Hickam originally derived from the Old English word hegham which referred to an enclosed dwelling.
Early Origins of the Hickam family
The surname Hickam was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Important Dates for the Hickam family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hickam research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1440, 1560, 1495, 1571, 1554, 1555, 1568, 1634 and 1545 are included under the topic Early Hickam History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hickam Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Hickam has appeared include Hyam, Hyams, Hygham, Hyham, Higham, Highams and many more.
Early Notables of the Hickam family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Clement Higham, (also Heigham), of Barrow Hall, Suffolk, (1495-1571), a Member of Parliament, Speaker of the House of Commons (1554-1555), Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer...
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Migration of the Hickam family
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Hickam arrived in North America very early: Thomas Higham settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1698; Farwell Higham settled in New England in 1755; Thomas Higham arrived in New York in 1822; Abel, James, and William Higham arrived in Philadelphia in 1828.
Contemporary Notables of the name Hickam (post 1700)
- John P. Hickam, American politician, Candidate for Governor of Oklahoma, 1914 
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