Higefeard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Higefeard has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the old village of Hickford, Shropshire.

Early Origins of the Higefeard family

The surname Higefeard was first found in Shropshire, but we must look to Oxfordshire to find one of the first listings of the name, that being Edith de Hicford who was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. [1]

"Sir Robert Atkyns, in his Ancient and Present State of Gloucestershire, says (p. 109) that 'The Higfords were of an ancient family in Salop, originally styled Hugford.' About the reign of James I the surname was turned into Higford: this, of course, has now become Hickford." [1]

Early History of the Higefeard family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Higefeard research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1273, 1581, 1657, 1596, 1597, 1607 and 1657 are included under the topic Early Higefeard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Higefeard Spelling Variations

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 Higefeard have been found, including Hickford, Hikford, Hicford, Higford, Higeford, Hugford and many more.

Early Notables of the Higefeard family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include William Higford (1581-1657), born near Alderton, Gloucestershire, a writer and Justice of the Peace. He was a Puritan, born of a good family. On 14 January 1596-1597, he matriculated at Oriel College, Oxford. He married Mary, daughter of...
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Migration of the Higefeard family

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. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Higefeard, or a variant listed above: John Hickford, who sailed to Maine in 1640 and Thomas Hickford to Maryland in 1669.



  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)


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