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The original Gaelic form of Higginson was O hUgin, which is derived from the word uiging, which is akin to the Norse word viking.

Higginson Early Origins



The surname Higginson was first found in County Sligo (Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht in Northwestern Ireland, where they held a family seat from early times.

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Higginson Spelling Variations


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Higginson Spelling Variations



People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Higginson that are preserved in archival documents are Higginson, Hickinson, Hickenson, Hickeson and many more.

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Higginson Early History


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Higginson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Higginson research. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1764, 1588, 1630, 1629, 1630, 1616, 1708, 1652, 1708, 1692 and 1698 are included under the topic Early Higginson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Higginson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Higginson Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable among the family name at this time was Isabel Hickinson who was buried at St. Johns Church, Dublin. Francis Higginson (1588-1630), was an English-born Puritan minister who led a group of about 350 settlers on six ships from England to New England in 1629, one year before the Winthrop Fleet...

Another 107 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Higginson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Irish families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Higginson name:

Higginson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Anne, Charles, Frances, John, Mary, Neophytus, Samuel, Pheophilus, Timothy Higginson, who all settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1629
  • John Higginson, who landed in New England in 1629
  • Francis Higginson, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1629
  • Humfrey Higginson, aged 28, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Humphrey Higginson settled in Virginia in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Higginson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Abbigal Higginson, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Stewart Higginson, who landed in Mississippi in 1798

Higginson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Higginson, who landed in New York, NY in 1834
  • W Higginson, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Thomas Higginson, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1886

Higginson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mrs. Martha Higginson, aged 24 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Yorkshire" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle In September 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 33)

Higginson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Richard Higginson, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  • Henry Higginson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Calphurnia" in 1849
  • Sarah Higginson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Calphurnia" in 1849

Higginson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Higginson arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoenix" in 1860
  • John Higginson arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864
  • James Higginson arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Owen Glendowner" in 1864
  • Amelia Higginson arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Owen Glendowner" in 1864
  • William Higginson arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Owen Glendowner" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Higginson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Higginson (post 1700)



  • William J. Higginson (1938-2008), American poet, translator, and author
  • Stephen Higginson (1743-1828), American politician, Delegate to Continental Congress from Massachusetts, 1783
  • Jerry C. Higginson, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Utah, 1972
  • Henry Lee Higginson (1834-1919), American banker and philanthropist and founder of the Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1823-1911), American author, abolitionist, and soldier
  • James Macaulay Higginson (1805-1885), British Governor of Antigua from 1847 to 1850
  • Lyall Higginson, Canadian Cardiologist and former Chief of Staff of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute
  • Torri Higginson (b. 1969), award winning Canadian stage and film actress
  • General Sir George Wentworth Alexander Higginson GCB, GCVO (1826-1927), British Crimean War hero

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Higginson Historic Events


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Higginson Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. William Higginson (b. 1902), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Southampton, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Hyram Higginson, British Wireman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Malo mori quam foedari
Motto Translation: I would rather die than be disgraced.


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Citations



  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 33)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  3. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  5. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  6. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  10. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  11. ...

The Higginson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Higginson 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.

This page was last modified on 17 November 2016 at 09:02.

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