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The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Higgs came from Richard which had several diminutive forms in the Middle Ages, including Dick, Rick, Hick, and Hegge. The name was introduced into England by the Normans after the Norman Conquest of 1066.

Higgs Early Origins



The surname Higgs was first found in Gloucestershire 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.

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Higgs Spelling Variations


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Higgs Spelling Variations



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 Higgs family name include Higgs, Higges, Higg, Higge and others.

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Higgs Early History


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Higgs Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Higgs research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1589, 1659 and 1638 are included under the topic Early Higgs History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Higgs Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Higgs Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Higgs Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, 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 Higgs surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Higgs Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John and Rachel Higgs, who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Thomas and Anne Higgs, who settled in Nevis in 1663
  • Henry Higgs, who arrived in Maryland in 1668 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • John Higgs, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1693 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Frans Higgs, who landed in Virginia in 1699 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Higgs Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elizabeth Higgs, who settled in Charles Town in 1718
  • William Higgs, who settled in New England in 1769

Higgs Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Millicent Higgs, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Canton.htm
  • Francis Higgs, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Hooghly.htm
  • Jane Higgs, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Hooghly.htm
  • Jonathan Higgs, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Canton.htm
  • Sarah Higgs, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Canton.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Higgs Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Higgs, aged 28, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873
  • Ann Higgs, aged 26, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873
  • Sarah A. Higgs, aged 4, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873
  • James Higgs, aged 2, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873
  • Henry Higgs, aged 3 months, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873

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Contemporary Notables of the name Higgs (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Higgs (post 1700)



  • Rufus F. Higgs, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1952
  • Roxye Ann Higgs, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1948
  • Roxann Higgs, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 15th District, 1956; Prohibition Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1956, 1960
  • Milton Eugene Higgs (b. 1925), American Republican politician, Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Bay County, 1961-62
  • L. Randolph Higgs, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Helsingfors, 1938; U.S. Consul in Stockholm, 1947
  • Henry S. Higgs, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Dunmore Town, 1884
  • F. Norman Higgs, American politician, Candidate in primary for Circuit Judge in Michigan 18th Circuit, 1953
  • Ben Higgs, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Arizona, 2008
  • Alfred C. Higgs, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Weymouth, 1898-1902
  • A. K. Higgs, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oregon, 1924
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Higgs


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Suggested Readings for the name Higgs



  • The Higgs Family: Maryland to Missouri by Betty Higgs Bridges.

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Citations



  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Canton.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Hooghly.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Canton.htm

Other References

  1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  2. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  11. ...

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