Highett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Highett is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the village of Ayott in the county of Hertfordshire. The surname Highett can be translated as at the high-gate, a gate that led into a protected enclosure.

Early Origins of the Highett family

The surname Highett 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 Highett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Highett 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 Highett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Highett Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Highett has been spelled many different ways, including Hyatt, Huyet, Hyett, Hyat, Hyet, Hytte and others.

Early Notables of the Highett 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...
Another 56 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Highett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Highett family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Highetts to arrive in North America: Michael Huyet, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1749; Jane Hyatt settled in Virginia in 1663; Samuel Hyatt settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife and servants.

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)
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