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Early Origins of the Highmore family

The surname Highmore was first found in Cumberland, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Armathwaite from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 at the Battle of Hastings.

Early History of the Highmore family

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Highmore Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Highmore, Hyghmore, Hymore, Highmoor, Hymoor, Hyghmoor, Highmoore, Hyghmoore, Hymoore, Highmour, Hyghmoure, Hymour, Hymer, Highmer and many more.

Early Notables of the Highmore family

Notable amongst the family at this time was

  • Nathaniel Highmore (1613-1685), English physician, son of Nathaniel Highmore, Rector of Candel-Purse, Dorsetshire, born at Fordingbridge, Hampshire, on 6 February 1613. [1]
  • Thomas Highmore (d. 1720), was Serjeant-Painter, the son of Abraham Highmore, and cousin of Nathaniel Highmore, M.D. [q. v.] He was created Serjeant-Painter to William III. [1]
  • Joseph Highmore (1692-1780), was an English painter, third son of Edward Highmore, a coal merchant in Thames Street, London, born in the parish of St. James, Garlickhithe, on 13 June 1692. As he showe...
  • Susanna Highmore (née Hiller) (1690-1750), was a British poet. She was the wife of Joseph Highmore, whom she married on 28 May 1716

United States Highmore migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Highmore Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Highmore, who settled in New England in 1749

Canada Highmore migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Highmore Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Highmore (post 1700) +

  • Sir Nathaniel Joseph Highmore GBE KCB (1844-1924), senior British civil servant and government barrister from Sherborne, Dorset
  • Anthony Highmore (1719-1799), English draughtsman, only son of Joseph Highmore
  • Edward Thomas Highmore (b. 1961), English actor, born in Kingston upon Thames, London, best known for playing Leo Howard in the 1980s BBC drama Howards' Way
  • Alfred Thomas "Freddie" Highmore (b. 1992), English People's Choice Award winning and Golden Globe Award nominated actor, best known for his roles in Bates Motel (2013–2017) and The Good Doctor
  • Anthony Highmore (1758-1829), English legal writer, son of Anthony Highmore, draughtsman, and grandson of Joseph Highmore

  1. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0 on Facebook