Show ContentsHitchmough History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Hitchmough surname finds its earliest origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name is derived from the Highmore family who lived in Cumberland in Armathwaite. The surname Hitchmough originally derived from this family who later branched to Liverpool. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.

Early Origins of the Hitchmough family

The surname Hitchmough was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat in the vicinity of what is now Liverpool. Although many historians believe the name to mean a relationship to a brother in law, we think this to be too convenient, over simplified. It is most likely to be an interpretation of Highmore, a Cumberland family of Armathwaite, a branch of which moved south to Liverpool in early times before the area was even known as Liverpool.

Early History of the Hitchmough family

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Hitchmough Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Hitchmough are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Hitchmough include: Hitchmough, Hichmough, Hitchmow, Hichmow, Hickmough, Hickmow, Hitchmoe, Hickmott, Hitchmo, Hickmoe, Hytchmough, Hytchmoe, Hytchmow and many more.

Early Notables of the Hitchmough family (pre 1700)

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Australia Hitchmough migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hitchmough Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Hitchmough, English convict who was convicted in London, England for life for uttering forged notes, transported aboard the "Claudine" on 20th May 1821, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hitchmough (post 1700) +

  • Howard Hitchmough, famed British born knifemaker now practicing his art in New Hampshire
  • Jim Hitchmough, British BBC television comedy writer
  • James Hitchmough, Professor in the Department of Landscape at University of Sheffield

  1. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th February 2021). Retrieved from on Facebook