Higham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the Higham family

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.

Important Dates for the Higham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Higham research. Another 101 words (7 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Higham family (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...
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Higham migration to the United States

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 [1]
  • Thomas Higham, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1698
Higham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Farwell Higham, who 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 [1]
  • Thomas Higham, who arrived in New York in 1822
  • Abel, James, and William Higham, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1828
  • John Higham, aged 58, who arrived in New York in 1868 [1]
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 immigrated to the United States from Wigam, England, in 1910
  • Edward Higham, aged 29, who immigrated to America from Bolton, England, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Higham migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Higham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Newbold Higham, aged 30, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Amazon"

Higham migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Higham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry Higham, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Dinapore" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 5th August 1857 [2]

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

Historic Events for the Higham family

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. James Higham (b. 1918), British Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [3]

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  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. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
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