Origins Available: English
The name Hitchan has a long Anglo-Saxon
heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in or beside an enclosed region.
The surname Hitchan originally derived from the Old English word hegham
which referred to an enclosed dwelling.
Early Origins of the Hitchan family
The surname Hitchan 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 Hitchan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hitchan 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 Hitchan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hitchan Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hitchan have been found, including Hyam, Hyams, Hygham, Hyham, Higham, Highams and many more.
Early Notables of the Hitchan 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 Hitchan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hitchan family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Hitchan, or a variant listed above: 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.