name Hikfithey comes from the family having resided in the old village of Hickford,
to find one of the first listings of the name, that being Edith de Hicford who was listed there in the
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Hikfithey 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. Spelling variants included: Hickford, Hikford, Hicford, Higford, Higeford, Hugford and many more.
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 Hikfitheys to arrive on North American shores: John Hickford, who sailed to Maine in 1640 and Thomas Hickford to Maryland in 1669.