Higinbotham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancient history of the Higinbotham name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided at Higginbottom in the county of Cheshire.
Early Origins of the Higinbotham family
The surname Higinbotham was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Important Dates for the Higinbotham family
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Higinbotham Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Higinbotham include Higginbottom, Higginbotham, Hickenbottom, Hickinbottom, Higgenbottom, Higginbothem, Higinbotham, Higinbothem and many more.
Early Notables of the Higinbotham family (pre 1700)
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Higinbotham migration to the United States
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Higinbotham or a variant listed above:
Higinbotham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Robert Higinbotham, who settled in New Hampshire in 1718
Higinbotham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Louisa Higinbotham, aged 29, who arrived in New York, N.Y. in 1919 aboard the ship "Charybdis" from Hamilton, Bermuda 
Higinbotham 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:
Higinbotham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- George Higinbotham, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British King" in 1883
- Louisa Higinbotham, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British King" in 1883
- Charles Higinbotham, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British King" in 1883
- Frances Higinbotham, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British King" in 1883
- Martha Higinbotham, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British King" in 1883
Contemporary Notables of the name Higinbotham (post 1700)
- U. Frank Higinbotham (b. 1858), American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Fayette County, 1909 
- F. E. Higinbotham, American Republican politician, Mayor of Bridgeport, West Virginia, 1947-48 
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J677-QJ6 : 6 December 2014), Louisa Higinbotham, 21 Apr 1919; citing departure port Hamilton, Bermuda, arrival port New York, N.Y., ship name Charybdis, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html