The name Hitcghan is an old Anglo-Saxon
name. It comes from when a family lived in or beside an enclosed region.
The surname Hitcghan originally derived from the Old English word hegham
which referred to an enclosed dwelling.
Early Origins of the Hitcghan family
The surname Hitcghan 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 Hitcghan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hitcghan 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 Hitcghan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hitcghan Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Hitcghan were recorded, including Hyam, Hyams, Hygham, Hyham, Higham, Highams and many more.
Early Notables of the Hitcghan 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 Hitcghan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hitcghan family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Hitcghan family emigrate to North America: Thomas Higham settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1698; Farwell Higham settled in New England
in 1755; Thomas Higham arrived in New York in 1822; Abel, James, and William Higham arrived in Philadelphia in 1828.