Show ContentsHigg History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Higg is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from Richard which had several diminutive forms in the Middle Ages, including: Rick, Dick, Hick, and Hegge. The name was introduced into England by the Normans after the Norman Conquest of 1066.

Early Origins of the Higg family

The surname Higg was first found in Norfolk where Richard Higge was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. [1]

Early History of the Higg family

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Higg 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 Higg have been found, including Higgs, Higges, Higg, Higge and others.

Early Notables of the Higg family

Notables of this surname at this time include:

  • Griffin or Griffith Higgs (1589-1659), an English churchman, Dean of Lichfield from 1638...
  • He was born in 1589 at South Stoke, Oxfordshire, and was the second son of Griffith Higgs, yeoman of that place...

New Zealand Higg migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Higg Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • M. Higg, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880 [2]
  • A. Higg, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880 [2]

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 12th November 2011). Retrieved from on Facebook