The ancient roots of the Higforth family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Higforth comes from when the family lived in the old village of Hickford, Shropshire
Early Origins of the Higforth family
The surname Higforth 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 Higforth family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Higforth research.Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1273, 1581 and 1657 are included under the topic Early Higforth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Higforth Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Higforth has appeared include Hickford, Hikford, Hicford, Higford, Higeford, Hugford and many more.
Early Notables of the Higforth family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Higforth family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Higforth arrived in North America very early: John Hickford, who sailed to Maine in 1640 and Thomas Hickford to Maryland in 1669.