Hickmott History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Hickmott name is an important part of the history of the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Hickmott is derived from the Highmore family who lived in Cumberland in Armathwaite. The surname Hickmott originally derived from this family who later branched to Liverpool. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.

Early Origins of the Hickmott family

The surname Hickmott was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat in the vicinity of what is now Liverpool. Although many historians believe the name to mean a relationship to a brother in law, we think this to be too convenient, over simplified. It is most likely to be an interpretation of Highmore, a Cumberland family of Armathwaite, a branch of which moved south to Liverpool in early times before the area was even known as Liverpool.

Early History of the Hickmott family

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Hickmott Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Hickmott were recorded, including Hitchmough, Hichmough, Hitchmow, Hichmow, Hickmough, Hickmow, Hitchmoe, Hickmott, Hitchmo, Hickmoe, Hytchmough, Hytchmoe, Hytchmow and many more.

Early Notables of the Hickmott family (pre 1700)

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United States Hickmott migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Hickmott family emigrate to North America:

Hickmott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Stephen Hickmott, who arrived in Michigan in 1856

Canada Hickmott migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hickmott Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Hannah Hickmott, aged 3, who landed in Montreal in 1849
  • Hart Elizth Hickmott, aged 4, who arrived in Montreal in 1849
  • Hester Hickmott, aged 1, who landed in Montreal in 1849
  • Sarah Ann Hickmott, aged 26, who arrived in Montreal in 1849
  • Thomas Hickmott, aged 28, who landed in Montreal in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Hickmott migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hickmott Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Hickmott, British convict who was convicted in Sussex, England for life, transported aboard the "Asia" on 29th September 1831, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]
  • Mr. Samuel Hickmott, (b. 1799), aged 41, British Labourer who was convicted in Kent, England for 10 years for stealing sheep, transported aboard the "Asia" on 25th April 1840, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [2]
  • Mr. Thomas Hickmott, (b. 1793), aged 47, British Ploughman who was convicted in Kent, England for life for stealing sheep, transported aboard the "Asia" on 25th April 1840, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land), he was pardoned in 1852 [2]
  • Henry Hickmott, aged 23, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Emily" [3]
  • Henry Hickmott, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Hickmott migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hickmott Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Caroline Hickmott, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874
  • Miss Caroline Hickmott, (b. 1854), aged 20, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Dorette" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th April 1874 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hickmott (post 1700) +

  • Allerton C. Hickmott (1895-1977), American book collector who amassed a substantial collection of Shakespearian material which was donated to Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, upon his death
  • William Hickmott (1893-1968), English cricketer who played for Kent and Lancashire from 1914 to 1924
  • Michelle Marie Hickmott (b. 1985), English footballer; she represented England three times from 2002 to 2009
  • Rupert George Hickmott (1894-1916), New Zealand cricketer who played for Canterbury and New Zealand; he was killed in action on the Somme in September 1916
  • Robert Hickmott (b. 1969), Australian horse trainer and former footballer, the first former footballer to train a Melbourne Cup-winning horse
  • Peter Hickmott (b. 1954), Australian footballer who made 69 appearances for Essendon and Footscray from 1972 and 1980
  • Henry Edward Hickmott (1853-1931), Australian farmer and politician from Mount Barker, South Australia, Member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly for Pingelly (1914-1924)
  • Adrian Hickmott (b. 1972), Australian footballer who made 184 appearances for Carlton and Geelong (1992-2003)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. William J Hickmott (b. 1924), English Boy 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Basingstoke, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [5]


  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1831
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1840
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The EMILY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Emily.htm
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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