The original Gaelic form of Hikinson was O hUgin, which is derived from the word uiging, which is akin to the Norse word viking.
Early Origins of the Hikinson family
The surname Hikinson 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 Hikinson family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hikinson 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 Hikinson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hikinson Spelling Variations
Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations
of the surname Hikinson were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Higginson, Hickinson, Hickenson, Hickeson and many more.
Early Notables of the Hikinson 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 Hikinson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hikinson family to the New World and Oceana
The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families
for the distant shores of North America and Australia
. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England
. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence
. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland
at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Hikinson family relocated to North American shores quite early: 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 Hikinson 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.