Show ContentsHigge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Higge is 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 Higge family

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

Early History of the Higge family

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Higge Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Higge include Higgs, Higges, Higg, Higge and others.

Early Notables of the Higge family (pre 1700)

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...
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Migration of the Higge family

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: John and Rachel Higgs settled in Virginia in 1654; Thomas and Anne Higgs settled in Nevis in 1663; William Higgs settled in New England in 1769; Elizabeth Higgs settled in Charles Town in 1718..

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) on Facebook