The name Higford is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in the old village of Hickford, Shropshire
Early Origins of the Higford family
The surname Higford 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Higford family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Higford research.Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1273, 1581 and 1657 are included under the topic Early Higford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Higford Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Higford are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Higford include: Hickford, Hikford, Hicford, Higford, Higeford, Hugford and many more.
Early Notables of the Higford family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Higford family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Higford or a variant listed above: John Hickford, who sailed to Maine in 1640 and Thomas Hickford to Maryland in 1669.