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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.

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The surname Hightower was 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.

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.


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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.

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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


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  • Stephanie Hightower (b. 1958), the current American president of USA Track & Field
  • Cory Hightower (b. 1979), American professional basketball player
  • Wayne A. Hightower (1940-2002), American basketball player
  • Grace Hightower (b. 1955), American philanthropist, actress and singer
  • Allison Hightower (b. 1988), American professional basketball player
  • Donna Lubertha Hightower (1926-2013), American R&B, soul and jazz singer
  • Alma Julia Hightower, African American vocalist, musician and music teacher
  • Richie Hightower (b. 1982), American mixed martial artist
  • Scott Hightower (b. 1952), American poet and teacher
  • Rosetta Hightower (b. 1944), American singer

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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. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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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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