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The name High comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for a tall or distinguished person. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, physical stature, habits, or character.

High Early Origins



The surname High was first found in Buckinghamshire, where they held a family seat from very early times.

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High Spelling Variations


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High Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name High has undergone many spelling variations, including High, Hye, Hyee, Heye, Highe and others.

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High Early History


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High Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our High research. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1567, and 1585 are included under the topic Early High History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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High Early Notables (pre 1700)


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High Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early High 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



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name High were among those contributors:

High Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Tho High, who landed in Virginia in 1663
  • Archibald High, who arrived in Maryland in 1670
  • Archibald High, who came to Maryland in 1670

High Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Lawrence High, who came to Philadelphia in 1769
  • John High, a bonded passenger sent to America in 1772
  • John High, who arrived in America in 1782

High Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • E High, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Robert High, who came to Philadelphia in 1867

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Contemporary Notables of the name High (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name High (post 1700)



  • Jed A. High, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Missouri 15th District, 1926; Candidate for Governor of Missouri, 1940
  • J. B. High, American politician, Mayor of Beatrice, Nebraska, 1932
  • Hiram M. High, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1900; Member of Michigan State Senate 19th District, 1901
  • Frank A. High, American politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives from St. Louis City 5th District, 1936
  • Frank A. High, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1896
  • Doyle High, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State Senate 30th District, 1994
  • Beverly Frances High (b. 1944), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from District of Columbia, 1972
  • Augustus M. High, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1888, 1904; Postmaster at Reading, Pennsylvania, 1899-1913
  • John J. High, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Union County, 1862; Mayor of Rahway, New Jersey, 1876-78
  • Linus High, American politician, Mayor of Rahway, New Jersey, 1882-84
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name High


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Suggested Readings for the name High



  • History of John High Family of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 1754-1977 by Levi high.
  • My High Line by Joseph and Jessye high.

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High Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    2. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    11. ...

    The High Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The High 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 9 September 2016 at 07:42.

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