Show ContentsHigges History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Higges is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname that 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 Higges family

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

Early History of the Higges family

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Higges Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Higges has been recorded under many different variations, including Higgs, Higges, Higg, Higge and others.

Early Notables of the Higges 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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United States Higges migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Higges or a variant listed above:

Higges Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Higges, who landed in New York in 1646 [2]

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook