Show ContentsHigginbotham 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 neighbourhood of Marple and Macclesfield, in East Cheshire. [1]

Another source postulates that Oakenbottom in Bolton-le-Moors, Lancashire was the the original homestead of the family and that it was "probably influenced by the dialect word hickin or higgin, the mountain ash." [2]

Early Origins of the Higginbotham family

The surname Higginbotham was first found in Lancashire where Alexander de Akinbothun was recorded in the Assize Rolls for 1246. [2]

As a very rare name, the next entry for the family was over 300 hundred years later in the Prestbury Church, Cheshire where John Hyggynbothom was listed in 1563. The source Earwaker's East Cheshire included an entry for Nicholas Hichinbothome, of Marple gentleman in 1579 and the Lancashire, and Cheshire Record Society notes Alice Higginbotham, of Marple, 1595. [1]

Early History of the Higginbotham family

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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)

Notables of the family at this time include Abel Joshua Higginbotham, English stowaway who was ejected from a ship at Madras port after he was discovered on board. After a brief internship working as a librarian for a Weslyan Book...
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Higginbotham Ranking

In the United States, the name Higginbotham is the 2,484th most popular surname with an estimated 12,435 people with that name. [3]

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 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
  • Annie Higginbotham, aged 36, who immigrated to the United States from Manchester, in 1906
  • Alfred W. Higginbotham, aged 2, who settled in America 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

Australia Higginbotham migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Higginbotham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles Higginbotham, English convict who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 18th June 1835, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • Mr. Frederick Higginbotham, English convict who was convicted in Knutsford (Nether Knutsford), Cheshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Eden" on 30th September 1848, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Island) [5]

West Indies Higginbotham migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [6]
Higginbotham Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • John Higginbotham settled with his wife and servants in Barbados in 1680

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
  • Irene Higginbotham (1918-1988), American songwriter and concert pianist, best known for co-writing the Billie Holiday song "Good Morning Heartache" (1946)
  • 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
  • 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 (1941) and died in the sinking [7]

Suggested Readings for the name Higginbotham +

  • 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. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th November 2021). Retrieved from
  7. HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook