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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.

Hightower Early Origins



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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
However, other references list Hightown in what was formerly Lancashire. "The Huytons of Billinge held land [in Skelmersdale, Lancashire] as early as 1307." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol3/pp265-276 [accessed 21 January 2017].

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Hightower Spelling Variations


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

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Hightower Early History


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Hightower Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hightower research. Another 333 words (24 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Hightower Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hightower Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Hightower In Ireland


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Hightower In Ireland



Some of the Hightower family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hightower (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hightower (post 1700)



  • Stephen L. Hightower, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 2004, 2008
  • T. E. Hightower, American politician, Member of Georgia State Senate 9th District, 1902-03
  • Robert Edgar Hightower Jr., American politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives from Upson County, 1927-31
  • Robby Hightower, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2008
  • Raymond L. Hightower, American politician, Mayor of Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1963-67
  • Mike Hightower, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 2004
  • Michael Hightower, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1996
  • Keith Paul Hightower (b. 1957), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana, 1998-
  • James Hightower, American politician, Mayor of Benton Harbor, Michigan; Elected 2011
  • Gene W. Hightower, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1988; Candidate for Texas State Board of Education 9th District, 1992
  • ... (Another 21 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ 'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol3/pp265-276 [accessed 21 January 2017].

Other References

  1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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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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