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Where did the English Hightower family come from? What is the English Hightower family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hightower family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hightower family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Hightower comes from when the family resided in or near the settlement of Heighton in the county of Sussex. The surname is thought to derive from one of several place names composed of the old English elements "heah" or "high" and "tun," meaning "enclosure or settlement." The surname Hightower belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.


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. Hightower has been recorded under many different variations, including Heighton, Highton, Huyton and others.

First found in Sussex where the first record of the name is John atte Heghetun who was mentioned in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1296. Today Hightown is a village and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton in Merseyside but originally part of Cheshire. [1] However, other references list Hightown in what was formerly Lancashire.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hightower research. Another 199 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1273 and 1279 are included under the topic Early Hightower History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Hightower Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Hightower or a variant listed above:

Hightower Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Hightower, aged 20, who emigrated to America from London, in 1899

Hightower Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Tenis B. Hightower, aged 28, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Daniel Hightower, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Rose Hightower, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • George R. Hightower, who settled in America, in 1911
  • Wilbur Hightower, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1918


  • James Allen "Jim" Hightower (b. 1943), American syndicated columnist, populist activist and author
  • Timothy Michael Hightower (b. 1986), American football running back
  • Rosella Hightower (1920-2008), American ballerina
  • Jack English Hightower (b. 1926), former Democratic U.S. representative from Texas
  • Rosetta Hightower (b. 1944), American singer
  • Scott Hightower (b. 1952), American poet and teacher
  • Richie Hightower (b. 1982), American mixed martial artist
  • Grace Hightower (b. 1955), American philanthropist, actress and singer
  • Wayne A. Hightower (1940-2002), American basketball player
  • Cory Hightower (b. 1979), American professional basketball player



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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  3. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Hightower Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hightower 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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