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The origins of the Higham name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Higham was originally derived from a family having lived in or beside an enclosed region. The surname Higham originally derived from the Old English word hegham which referred to an enclosed dwelling.

Higham Early Origins



The surname Higham was 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.

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Higham Spelling Variations


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Higham Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Higham include Hyam, Hyams, Hygham, Hyham, Higham, Highams and many more.

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Higham Early History


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Higham Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Higham research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1440, 1560, 1495, 1571, 1554, 1555, 1568, 1634 and 1545 are included under the topic Early Higham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Higham Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Higham Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Sir Clement Higham, (also Heigham), of Barrow Hall, Suffolk, (1495-1571), a Member of Parliament, Speaker of the House of Commons (1554-1555), Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer...

Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Higham 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



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Higham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Lawrence Higham, who landed in Maryland in 1671
  • Thomas Higham settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1698

Higham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Farwell Higham settled in New England in 1755

Higham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Higham, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1812
  • Thomas Higham arrived in New York in 1822
  • Abel, James, and William Higham arrived in Philadelphia in 1828
  • John Higham, aged 58, arrived in New York in 1868

Higham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Francis Higham, aged 25, who settled in America from Wigan, in 1901
  • David Edward Higham, aged 45, who landed in America from Surrey, England, in 1908
  • Florence Higham, aged 37, who landed in America from London, in 1908
  • Emma Higham, aged 10, who emigrated to the United States from Wigam, England, in 1910
  • Edward Higham, aged 29, who emigrated to America from Bolton, England, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Higham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Newbold Higham, aged 30, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Amazon"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Higham (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Higham (post 1700)



  • John Higham (1920-2003), American historian
  • Dick Higham (1851-1905), American baseball player
  • Nicholas John Higham FRS (b. 1961), English mathematician
  • Charles Higham (b. 1931), English biographer and poet
  • Jennifer Higham (b. 1984), British television and film actress
  • Edward Higham (1846-1885), Australian politician

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Higham Historic Events


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Higham Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. James Higham (b. 1918), British Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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Higham Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    11. ...

    The Higham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Higham 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 23 November 2015 at 15:32.

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