The Himes name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in or beside an enclosed region.
The surname Himes originally derived from the Old English word hegham
which referred to an enclosed dwelling.
Early Origins of the Himes family
The surname Himes was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Himes family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Himes research.Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1440, 1560, 1495, 1571, 1554, 1555, 1568, 1634 and 1545 are included under the topic Early Himes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Himes Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Himes has undergone many spelling variations
, including Hyam, Hyams, Hygham, Hyham, Higham, Highams and many more.
Early Notables of the Himes family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Clement Higham, (also Heigham), of Barrow Hall, Suffolk
, (1495-1571), a Member of Parliament, Speaker of the House of Commons (1554-1555), Lord Chief Baron
of the Exchequer... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Himes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Himes family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Himes were among those contributors:
Himes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- J V Himes, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Himes (post 1700)
- Richard Dean Himes (b. 1946), American National Football League offensive lineman
- John Herby Himes (1878-1849), American Major League Baseball outfielder
- Joshua Vaughan Himes (1805-1895), American Christian leader and publisher
- Judge Himes (b. 1900), American Thoroughbred racehorse
- Joseph Hendrix Himes (1885-1960), U.S. Representative from Ohio
- Lawrence Austin Himes (b. 1940), American general manager for two Major League Baseball teams
- James A. "Jim" Himes (b. 1966), American businessman and U.S. Representative for Connecticut
- Chester Bomar Himes (1909-1984), American writer
- Norman Lawrence "Normie" Himes (1903-1958), Canadian retired professional ice hockey player
Suggested Readings for the name Himes
- The Himes Family history: The Descendants of John Himes and Catherine (Giesler) Himes of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and Washington County, Tennessee, 1797-1990 by Carolyn Joy Stafford.