It was among those Anglo-Saxon
tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Higmyn was formed. The name was derived from the baptismal name for the son of Hickman.
As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.
Early Origins of the Higmyn family
The surname Higmyn was first found in Oxfordshire
where the Hickman family of Gainsborough trace back to Robert Fitz-Hickman, lord of the manors of Bloxham and Wickham. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Hykeman was listed with no forename and Walter Hikeman was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1279 in Oxfordshire
. Richard Hykemon and Juliana Hykemones were both listed in the Subsidy Rolls
in 1275. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Higmyn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Higmyn research.Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1629, 1682, 1660, 1692, 1627, 1687, 1648, 1713, 1703 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Higmyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Higmyn Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Higmyn include Hickman, Hykeman, Hyckman and others.
Early Notables of the Higmyn family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Lord Hickman; Sir Willoughby Hickman, 1st Baronet; Sir William Hickman, 2nd Baronet
(1629-1682), an English politician, Member of Parliament for East Retford (1660); Henry Hickman (died 1692), an English ejected... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Higmyn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Higmyn family to Ireland
Some of the Higmyn family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
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Migration of the Higmyn family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Higmyn were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Henry Hickman settled in Virginia in 1635; Richard Hickman settled in Jamaica in 1661; William Hickman settled in Virginia in 1655; Thomas Hickman settled in Virginia in 1652.
The Higmyn Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Toujours fidele
Motto Translation: Always faithful.