The ancestors of the name Hikfearde date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the old village of Hickford, Shropshire
Early Origins of the Hikfearde family
The surname Hikfearde was first found in Shropshire
, but we must look to Oxfordshire
to find one of the first listings of the name, that being Edith de Hicford who was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Hikfearde family
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Hikfearde Spelling Variations
Hikfearde has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Hikfearde have been found, including Hickford, Hikford, Hicford, Higford, Higeford, Hugford and many more.
Early Notables of the Hikfearde family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hikfearde family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Hikfeardes to arrive on North American shores: John Hickford, who sailed to Maine in 1640 and Thomas Hickford to Maryland in 1669.