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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.

Highway Early Origins



The surname Highway was first found in Wiltshire, where evidence suggests they held a family seat before the Norman Conquest.

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Highway Spelling Variations


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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.

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Highway Early History


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Highway Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Highway research. Another 256 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1272, 1307, and 1620 are included under the topic Early Highway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Highway Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Highway Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Highway Notables 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 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, landed in Ohio in 1812

Highway Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Highway arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cairngorm" in 1863
  • Edward Highway arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cairngorm" in 1863

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Contemporary Notables of the name Highway (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Highway (post 1700)



  • Tomson Highway, Canadian artistic director and playwright

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. 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).
    2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. 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. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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    The Highway Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Highway 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.

    This page was last modified on 15 December 2015 at 19:41.

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