Higgefork History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Higgefork comes from the family having resided in the old village of Hickford, Shropshire.

Early Origins of the Higgefork family

The surname Higgefork 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. [1]

"Sir Robert Atkyns, in his Ancient and Present State of Gloucestershire, says (p. 109) that 'The Higfords were of an ancient family in Salop, originally styled Hugford.' About the reign of James I the surname was turned into Higford: this, of course, has now become Hickford." [1]

Early History of the Higgefork family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Higgefork research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1273, 1581, 1657, 1596, 1597, 1607 and 1657 are included under the topic Early Higgefork History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Higgefork Spelling Variations

Higgefork has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Hickford, Hikford, Hicford, Higford, Higeford, Hugford and many more.

Early Notables of the Higgefork family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include William Higford (1581-1657), born near Alderton, Gloucestershire, a writer and Justice of the Peace. He was a Puritan, born of a good family. On 14 January 1596-1597, he matriculated at Oriel College, Oxford. He married Mary, daughter of...
Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Higgefork Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Higgefork family

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Higgeforks to arrive on North American shores: John Hickford, who sailed to Maine in 1640 and Thomas Hickford to Maryland in 1669.



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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