Highway History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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.
Early History of 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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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
Highway Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Highway Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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