Hytchan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Hytchan is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in or beside an enclosed region. The surname Hytchan originally derived from the Old English word hegham which referred to an enclosed dwelling.
Early Origins of the Hytchan family
The surname Hytchan 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.
Important Dates for the Hytchan family
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Hytchan Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Hytchan has been spelled many different ways, including Hyam, Hyams, Hygham, Hyham, Higham, Highams and many more.
Early Notables of the Hytchan 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...
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Migration of the Hytchan family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hytchans to arrive in North America: 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.