Highway History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Anglo-Saxon name Highway comes from when the family resided in Wiltshire, where they took their name from the place-name Highway. The place-name Highway was spelt in the Domesday Book of 1086, as Hiwei. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English elements heg and weg, which meant "road used for carrying hay." The original bearer of the name may have resided nest to such a feature; however, the late date of the first appearance of the surname (1324) suggests that the place-name preceded the surname and that the surname is directly derived from the place.
Early Origins of the Highway family
The surname Highway was first found in Wiltshire, where evidence suggests they held a family seat before the Norman Conquest.
Important Dates for the Highway family
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Highway 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. Highway has been recorded under many different variations, including Highway, Heyweye, Hiwei, Heighway and others.
Early Notables of the Highway family (pre 1700)
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Highway migration to the United States
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 Highway or a variant listed above:
Highway Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Highway, who sailed to Maryland in 1674
- John Highway, who arrived in Maryland in 1674 
- Thomas Highway also sailed to Maryland in 1679
- Thomas Highway, who arrived in Maryland in 1679 
Highway Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Samuel Highway, who settled in Ohio in 1812
- Samuel Highway, aged 25, who landed in Ohio in 1812 
Highway migration to New Zealand
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Highway Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Highway, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cairngorm" in 1863
- Edward Highway, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cairngorm" in 1863
Contemporary Notables of the name Highway (post 1700)
- Tomson Highway, Canadian artistic director and playwright
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)