Higginbotham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The present generation of the Higginbotham family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived at Higginbottom in the county of Cheshire.

Early Origins of the Higginbotham family

The surname Higginbotham was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Higginbotham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Higginbotham research. Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Higginbotham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Higginbotham Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Higginbotham include Higginbottom, Higginbotham, Hickenbottom, Hickinbottom, Higgenbottom, Higginbothem, Higinbotham, Higinbothem and many more.

Early Notables of the Higginbotham family (pre 1700)

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United States Higginbotham migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Higginbotham were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Higginbotham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Higginbotham settled with his wife and servants in Barbados in 1680
Higginbotham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Higginbotham, aged 25, who landed in America from Macclesfield, in 1896
  • Ann Higginbotham, aged 45, who landed in America from Marybon, in 1898
Higginbotham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Howard C. Higginbotham, aged 2, who immigrated to the United States from Torquay, in 1903
  • Elizabeth Higginbotham, aged 31, who immigrated to the United States from Torquay, in 1903
  • Alfred W. Higginbotham, aged 2, who settled in America from Manchester, in 1906
  • Annie Higginbotham, aged 36, who immigrated to the United States from Manchester, in 1906
  • John R. K. Higginbotham, aged 30, who landed in America from Milngavie, Scotland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Higginbotham migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Higginbotham Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Charles Higginbotham, aged 52, who immigrated to Winnipeg, Canada, in 1919

Contemporary Notables of the name Higginbotham (post 1700) +

  • Aloyisus Leon Higginbotham Jr. (1928-1998), United States Appellate Court judge, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Mitchell Higginbotham (1921-2016), U.S. Army Air Force officer, member of the famed African American World War II fighter group known as the Tuskegee Airmen
  • Irving Clinton "Irv" Higginbotham (1882-1959), American major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1906 to 1909
  • James Higginbotham FBA (1941-2014), American distinguished professor of Linguistics and Philosophy at the University of Southern California
  • Irene Higginbotham (1918-1988), African American songwriter and concert pianist, best known for co-writing the Billie Holiday song "Good Morning Heartache" (1946)
  • Girstle J. "Dutch" Higginbotham (1920-2010), American politician who served in the Alabama House of Representatives from 1966 to 1970, 1974 to 1977, 1986 to 1990, and 1990 to 1994
  • Don Higginbotham (1931-2008), American historian and Dowd Professor of History and Peace, War, and Defense at the University of North Carolina
  • Abraham Higginbotham, American four-time Primetime Emmy Award winning producer, known for his work on Modern Family (2009), Will & Grace (1998) and Arrested Development (2003)
  • Patrick Higginbotham (b. 1938), United States Appellate Court judge
  • Jay C. Higginbotham (1906-1973), American jazz musician
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. James Higginbotham, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [1]


Suggested Readings for the name Higginbotham +

  • 266 "Ancestors and Descendants of James Larkin Higginbotham of Noxubee County, Mississippi" by Rachel Hollingsworth Higginbotham, "An American Family and Its Ancestor Predecessor; Back to Adam through Early American Immigrants of British Extraction According to Past and Present Records" by Vivian Higgins Morse.

  1. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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