Hykeham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Hykeham name is an important part of the history of the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Hykeham is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Hickman. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honour of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.

Early Origins of the Hykeham family

The surname Hykeham was first found in Lincolnshire, where the Hickman family of Gainsborough trace back to Robert Fitz-Hickman, lord of the manors of Bloxham and Wickham. [1]

Hykeman was listed with no forename and Walter Hikeman was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1279 in Oxfordshire. Richard Hykemon and Juliana Hykemones were both listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire in 1275. [2]

Early History of the Hykeham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hykeham research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1604, 1650, 1629, 1682, 1660, 1659, 1720, 1701, 1733, 1781, 1692, 1627, 1687, 1648, 1713, 1703, 1713, 1690, 1663, 1676 and 1681 are included under the topic Early Hykeham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hykeham 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 Hykeham were recorded, including Hickman, Hykeman, Hyckman and others.

Early Notables of the Hykeham family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Willoughby Hickman, 1st Baronet (1604-1650); Sir William Hickman, 2nd Baronet (1629-1682), an English politician, Member of Parliament for East Retford (1660); Sir Willoughby Hickman, 3rd Baronet (1659-1720); Sir Nevile Hickman, 4th Baronet (1701-1733); and Sir Nevile George Hickman, 5th Baronet (died 1781.) Henry Hickman (died 1692), was an English ejected minister and controversialist from Worcestershire; Thomas Hickman-Windsor, 1st Earl of Plymouth (c.1627-1687), was Governor of Jamaica; and Charles...
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Ireland Migration of the Hykeham family to Ireland

Some of the Hykeham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hykeham family

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 Hykeham family emigrate to North America: Henry Hickman settled in Virginia in 1635; Richard Hickman settled in Jamaica in 1661; William Hickman settled in Virginia in 1655; Thomas Hickman settled in Virginia in 1652.



The Hykeham Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Toujours fidele
Motto Translation: Always faithful.


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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