Highet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Highet first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in the village of Ayott in the county of Hertfordshire. The surname Highet can be translated as at the high-gate, a gate that led into a protected enclosure.

Early Origins of the Highet family

The surname Highet was first found in Hertfordshire at Ayot(t), of which there are two villages: Ayot(t) St. Lawrence, a parish, in the union of Welwyn, hundred of Broadwater; and Ayot(t) St. Peter, a parish, in the union of Welwyn, hundred of Broadwater. The Ayot(t) St. Lawrence "parish during the heptarchy, formed part of the possessions of the last of the Saxon monarchs; and a spot in the immediate vicinity, still called Dane End, commemorates a signal defeat of the Danes by King Ethelwulph." [1] Collectively the place names were listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Aiete. [2]

Important Dates for the Highet family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Highet research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1618, 1698, 1628, 1658, 1681, 1677, 1738, 1722, 1727, 1730, 1859 and 1943 are included under the topic Early Highet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Highet Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Highet has appeared include Hyatt, Huyet, Hyett, Hyat, Hyet, Hytte and others.

Early Notables of the Highet family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Walter Hoyt (Haite, Hayte, Hoit, Haight) (1618-1698) from West Hatch, Somerset, he came to America in 1628 and became a founding settler of Norwalk, Connecticut and later served in the General Court of the Connecticut Colony between 1658 and 1681. Charles Hyett (c. 1677-1738), of Painswick House, near Gloucester, Gloucestershire...
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Highet migration to the United States

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Highet arrived in North America very early:

Highet Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Highet, who arrived in New York, NY in 1826 [3]

Highet migration to Australia

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

Highet Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Eliza Highet, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839 [4]
  • Henry George Highet, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839 [4]
  • mary Highet, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839 [4]
  • George William Highet, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839 [4]
  • Thomas Highet, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Highet (post 1700)

  • Mrs. F Iona Helen Highet M.B.E.,, British Senior Entomologist for Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Bee Health [5]
  • Henry Ashton Highet (1892-1989), New Zealand civil engineer famous for his 'P-class' yacht design

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY LILFORD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839LadyLilford.htm
  5. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 4 July 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1
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