The Hieam name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in or beside an enclosed region.
The surname Hieam originally derived from the Old English word hegham
which referred to an enclosed dwelling.
Early Origins of the Hieam family
The surname Hieam 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.
Early History of the Hieam family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hieam research.Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1440, 1560, 1495, 1571, 1554, 1555, 1568, 1634 and 1545 are included under the topic Early Hieam History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hieam Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Hieam has undergone many spelling variations
, including Hyam, Hyams, Hygham, Hyham, Higham, Highams and many more.
Early Notables of the Hieam 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... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hieam Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hieam family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hieam were among those contributors: 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.