The ancestors of the name Highams date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Highams family lived in or beside an enclosed region.
The surname Highams originally derived from the Old English word hegham
which referred to an enclosed dwelling.
Early Origins of the Highams family
The surname Highams 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.
Early History of the Highams family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Highams 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 Highams History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Highams Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Highams are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Highams include: Hyam, Hyams, Hygham, Hyham, Higham, Highams and many more.
Early Notables of the Highams 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... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Highams Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Highams family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Highams or a variant listed above: Thomas Higham settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1698; Farwell Higham settled in New England
in 1755; Thomas Higham arrived in New York in 1822; Abel, James, and William Higham arrived in Philadelphia in 1828.