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The rich and ancient history of the Hickmough family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from the Highmore family who lived in Cumberland in Armathwaite. The surname Hickmough 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.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hickmough have been found, including Hitchmough, Hichmough, Hitchmow, Hichmow, Hickmough, Hickmow, Hitchmoe, Hickmott, Hitchmo, Hickmoe, Hytchmough, Hytchmoe, Hytchmow and many more.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hickmough research. Another 269 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1584 and 1591 are included under the topic Early Hickmough History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Hickmough Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Hickmough, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : Felix Hitchman, who settled in New York in 1823; Conrad Hitchman, who arrived in New York in 1832; Sarah Ann Hickmott, who came to Montreal in 1849; Hannah Hickmott, who arrived in Montreal in 1849.
The Hickmough Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hickmough Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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