Hiram History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hiram reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Hiram family lived in Norfolk. Their name, however, derives from their place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Airaines, in Somme, France.[1]

Early Origins of the Hiram family

The surname Hiram was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in A.D. 1066.

Early History of the Hiram family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hiram research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1548, 1576, 1617 and 1578 are included under the topic Early Hiram History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hiram Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hiram family name include Irons, Kenirons, Hirons, Iron, Hieron and others.

Early Notables of the Hiram family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Hiram family to Ireland

Some of the Hiram family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hiram migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Hiram family to immigrate North America:

Hiram Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Bridget Hiram, aged 20, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hiram (post 1700) +

  • John Hiram Haycock (1759-1830), English architect who built many notable buildings in Shropshire and Montgomeryshire
  • Thomas Hiram Andrews (b. 1953), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Maine State House of Representatives, 1983-85; Member of Maine State Senate, 1985-91; U.S. Representative from Maine 1st District, 1991-95; Candidate for U.S. Senator from Maine, 1994 [3]
  • James Hiram Bedford (1893-1967), American psychologist, University of California psychology professor, the first person whose body was cryopreserved after legal death; in the cryonics community, the anniversary of his cryopreservation is celebrated as "Bedford Day"
  • William Hiram Brawley (1841-1916), American politician and jurist, Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina (1894-1911), Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina (1891-1894)
  • Howell Hiram Raines (b. 1943), American journalist, Executive Editor of The New York Times from 2001 to 2003
  • Arthur Hiram Day (1890-1967), American Republican politician, Candidate for Ohio State House of Representatives, 1916 [4]
  • Esca Hiram Kelley, American politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives from Walker County, 1939-46 [5]
  • Charles Hiram Randall (1865-1951), American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Senator from California, 1928 [6]
  • Frederick Hiram Keller (1832-1901), American Republican politician, Mayor of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, 1880-81, 1890-92 [7]
  • Gideon Hiram Hollister (1817-1881), American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 15th District, 1856; U.S. Minister to Haiti, 1868-69 [8]


  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, August 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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