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Where did the English Higginbottom family come from? What is the English Higginbottom family crest and coat of arms? When did the Higginbottom family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Higginbottom family history?

Higginbottom is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived at Higginbottom in the county of Cheshire.


Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Higginbottom family name include Higginbottom, Higginbotham, Hickenbottom, Hickinbottom, Higgenbottom, Higginbothem, Higinbotham, Higinbothem and many more.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Higginbottom research. Another 233 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Higginbottom History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Higginbottom Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Higginbottom surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Higginbottom Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Wm Higginbottom, who landed in Virginia in 1657

Higginbottom Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard Higginbottom settled in Virginia in 1726
  • Thomas Higginbottom settled in New England in 1774

Higginbottom Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Higginbottom, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871

Higginbottom Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Higginbottom, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • Robert Higginbottom, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • Catherine Higginbottom, aged 22, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833


  • Heather A. Higginbottom (b. 1972), American politician, Deputy Director of the federal Office of Management and Budget (2011)
  • Edward Higginbottom, English Conductor of the Choir of New College Oxford
  • Sam Higginbottom (1874-1958), English-born Christian missionary in Allahabad, India
  • Miss Mary Polly Higginbottom (d. 1915), English 2nd Class passenger residing in Fall River, Massachusetts, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Samuel Higginbottom, former President of Rolls Royce
  • Susan Higginbottom Ph.D., Canadian psychologist
  • Frederick James Higginbottom (1859-1943), British journalist and newspaper editor
  • Jake Higginbottom, Australian golfer, winner of the Riversdale Cup (2012)
  • Mr. Ernest Higginbottom (d. 1941), British Stoker 2ne Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking


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The Higginbottom Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Higginbottom Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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