The original Gaelic form of Hikenson was O hUgin, which is derived from the word uiging, which is akin to the Norse word viking.
Early Origins of the Hikenson family
The surname Hikenson was first found in County Sligo
(Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht
in Northwestern Ireland
, where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Hikenson family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hikenson research.Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1764, 1588, 1630, 1629, 1630, 1616, 1708, 1652, 1708, 1692 and 1698 are included under the topic Early Hikenson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hikenson Spelling Variations
Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations
of the surname Hikenson are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Higginson, Hickinson, Hickenson, Hickeson and many more.
Early Notables of the Hikenson family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family name at this time was Isabel Hickinson who was buried at St. Johns Church, Dublin
. Francis Higginson (1588-1630), was an English-born Puritan minister who led a group of about 350 settlers on six ships from England
to New England
in 1629, one year before the Winthrop Fleet... Another 107 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hikenson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hikenson family to the New World and Oceana
A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia
in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine
during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Hikenson or a variant listed above: Anne, Charles, Frances, John, Mary, Neophytus, Samuel, Pheophilus, Timothy Higginson, who all settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1629; Humphrey Higginson settled in Virginia in 1635.
The Hikenson 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: Malo mori quam foedari
Motto Translation: I would rather die than be disgraced.