Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Hieme is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in or beside an enclosed region.
The surname Hieme originally derived from the Old English word hegham
which referred to an enclosed dwelling.
Early Origins of the Hieme family
The surname Hieme 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 Hieme family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hieme 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 Hieme History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hieme 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. Hieme has been spelled many different ways, including Hyam, Hyams, Hygham, Hyham, Higham, Highams and many more.
Early Notables of the Hieme 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 Hieme Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hieme family to the New World and Oceana
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 Hiemes to arrive in North America: 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.