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The surname Highley 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.

Highley Early Origins



The surname Highley 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 [1]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." [2]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."

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Highley Spelling Variations


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Highley Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Highley include Highley, Highley, Higford, Hiley, Heighly, Hyley and others.

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Highley Early History


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Highley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Highley research. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1377, 1573 and 1581 are included under the topic Early Highley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Highley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Highley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Highley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Highley or a variant listed above:

Highley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anthony Highley, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Anthony Highley, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737

Highley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Harry Highley, who was naturalized in Colorado in 1882
  • John Highley, who was naturalized in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in 1889

Highley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J. Highley arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Excelsior" in 1870
  • Ann J. Highley, aged 43, a housemaid, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Inverness" in 1875
  • George H. Highley, aged 16, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Inverness" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Highley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Highley (post 1700)



  • Nancy P. Highley, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1924 (alternate), 1928 (alternate), 1932, 1936, 1944 (alternate)
  • L. E. Highley (1876-1935), American Republican politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 42nd District, 1909-10, 1929-32
  • George C. Highley, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for California, 1940
  • A. Bowdle Highley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1940 (alternate), 1956
  • Frank Highley, English Senior Partner in the law firm Cohen Highley LLP
  • Christopher Highley, published historical author
  • Timothy L Highley Jr., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Computer Science at La Salle University

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The Highley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Highley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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