Hitcham is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Hitcham family once lived in or beside an enclosed region.
The surname Hitcham originally derived from the Old English word hegham
which referred to an enclosed dwelling.
Early Origins of the Hitcham family
The surname Hitcham 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 Hitcham family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hitcham 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 Hitcham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hitcham Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hitcham family name include Hyam, Hyams, Hygham, Hyham, Higham, Highams and many more.
Early Notables of the Hitcham 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 Hitcham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hitcham family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Hitcham surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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.