The ancestors of the bearers of the Hyham family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in or beside an enclosed region.
The surname Hyham originally derived from the Old English word hegham
which referred to an enclosed dwelling.
Early Origins of the Hyham family
The surname Hyham 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 Hyham family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hyham 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 Hyham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hyham Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hyham include Hyam, Hyams, Hygham, Hyham, Higham, Highams and many more.
Early Notables of the Hyham 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 Hyham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hyham family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hyham or a variant listed above:
Hyham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- John Hyham, aged 23, who settled in America from Chorley, in 1903
Hyham Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- William Hyham, aged 36, who settled in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1914