The surname Highle is derived from the place name Highly, originally Huggalea or Hugelei in Old English. It is located in Shropshire
, and was listed in the Domesday Book
in 1086 as held by Ralph de Mortimer.
Early Origins of the Highle family
The surname Highle was first found in Shropshire
at Highley, today a large village and civil parish on the west bank of the River Severn. The village dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 when it was first listed as Hughlei CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and literally meant "woodland clearing of a man called Hugga," from the Old English personal name
+ "leah." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
As far as the surname, the first record of the name was found in 1246 where it was listed simply as "Huggele."
Early History of the Highle family
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Highle Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Highle has been recorded under many different variations, including Highley, Highley, Higford, Hiley, Heighly, Hyley and others.
Early Notables of the Highle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Highle family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Highle or a variant listed above: John Hiley, who was sent to a plantation in Virginia in 1665; Jno. Highly, who settled in Virginia in 1673; Julian Hiley, who immigrated to Maryland in 1678.
The Highle Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Dieu et mon Droit
Motto Translation: God and my Right.