Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Higforthay is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the old village of Hickford, Shropshire
Early Origins of the Higforthay family
The surname Higforthay 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 Higforthay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Higforthay research.Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1273, 1581 and 1657 are included under the topic Early Higforthay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Higforthay 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. Higforthay has been spelled many different ways, including Hickford, Hikford, Hicford, Higford, Higeford, Hugford and many more.
Early Notables of the Higforthay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Higforthay 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 Higforthays to arrive in North America: John Hickford, who sailed to Maine in 1640 and Thomas Hickford to Maryland in 1669.