Show ContentsHickenbotham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Hickenbotham is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived at Higginbottom in the neighbourhood of Marple and Macclesfield, in East Cheshire. [1]

Another source postulates that Oakenbottom in Bolton-le-Moors, Lancashire was the the original homestead of the family and that it was "probably influenced by the dialect word hickin or higgin, the mountain ash." [2]

Early Origins of the Hickenbotham family

The surname Hickenbotham was first found in Lancashire where Alexander de Akinbothun was recorded in the Assize Rolls for 1246. [2]

As a very rare name, the next entry for the family was over 300 hundred years later in the Prestbury Church, Cheshire where John Hyggynbothom was listed in 1563. The source Earwaker's East Cheshire included an entry for Nicholas Hichinbothome, of Marple gentleman in 1579 and the Lancashire, and Cheshire Record Society notes Alice Higginbotham, of Marple, 1595. [1]

Early History of the Hickenbotham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hickenbotham research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1762 and 1844 are included under the topic Early Hickenbotham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hickenbotham Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Hickenbotham has been spelled many different ways, including Higginbottom, Higginbotham, Hickenbottom, Hickinbottom, Higgenbottom, Higginbothem, Higinbotham, Higinbothem and many more.

Early Notables of the Hickenbotham family

Notables of the family at this time include Abel Joshua Higginbotham, English stowaway who was ejected from a ship at Madras port after he was discovered on board. After a brief internship working as a librarian for a Weslyan Book...
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United States Hickenbotham migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hickenbothams to arrive in North America:

Hickenbotham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Wm. Hickenbotham, aged 45, who landed in America, in 1894
Hickenbotham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Frederick Hickenbotham, aged 34, who landed in America from Burmingham, England, in 1911
  • John Henry Hickenbotham, aged 40, who immigrated to America from Ilkeston, England, in 1912
  • Ellen Hickenbotham, aged 38, who immigrated to the United States from Ilkeston, England, in 1912

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) on Facebook