Ingham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient roots of the Ingham family are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Ingham comes from when the family lived at Hingham, a market-town and parish, in the incorporation and hundred of Forehoe in Norfolk. The parish dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was known as Hincham. [1]

By 1173, the parish was known as Heingeham and probably meant "homestead of the family or followers of a man called Hega," from the Old English personal name + "inga" + "ham. [2]

Early Origins of the Ingham family

The surname Ingham was first found in Norfolk where Ralph de Hungham or Hengham, (d. 1311), the early English judge, son of Sir Andrew de Hengham or Hingham, was born at St. Andrew's Manor during the second quarter of the thirteenth century.

"Like most of the great lawyers of his time he was an ecclesiastic. On 29 Oct. 1274 he was preferred to the prebend of Moreton-cum-Whaddon in the church of Hereford; on 19 Oct. 1275 he was appointed to the chancellorship of the diocese of Exeter, which he resigned in 1279. In 1280 he received the prebendal stall of Cadington Major in the church of St. Paul's, which he held until his death. On 16 Nov. 1287 he was appointed to the archdeaconry of Worcester, but resigned the office in the following year (Le Neve, Fasti, i. 417, 512, ii. 369, iii. 74). His rise as a lawyer must have been rapid. " [3]

Oliver de Ingham Baron Ingham (d. 1344), Seneschal of Aquitaine, was "son of Sir John de Ingham (1260-1309) of Ingham, Norfolk, by his wife Maroya or Mercy. An ancestor, also named Oliver, was living in 1183. John de Ingham served frequently in Edward I's wars in Scotland. Oliver was summoned to perform military service in Scotland in 1310 and 1314. In 1321 he was made governor of Ellesmere Castle, Shropshire, and next year actively supported the king in his operations against Thomas of Lancaster." [3]

Early English rolls provide us a glimpse of the spelling variations used through Medieval times. Ralph de Hengham was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Worcester in 1275 and Ralph de Hengham was recorded in Yorkshire in 1303. [4]

The Ingham variant similarly hails from Norfolk, but some could have originated in Lincolnshire. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 include: John de Ingham, Norfolk; Nicholas de Ingham, Norfolk; and Oliver de Ingeham, Wiltshire. [5]

Early History of the Ingham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ingham research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1328, 1287 and 1344 are included under the topic Early Ingham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ingham Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Ingham has appeared include Ingham, Hugham, Inghem, Ingam and others.

Early Notables of the Ingham family (pre 1700)

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United States Ingham migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Ingham arrived in North America very early:

Ingham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Ingham, who landed in New England in 1657 [6]
Ingham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jonas Ingham, who landed in New England in 1705 [6]
  • Ben Ingham, who settled in Georgia in 1735
  • Benjamin Ingham, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1736 [6]
Ingham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph and William Ingham, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1858

Australia Ingham migration to Australia +

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

Ingham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Thomas Ingham, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838 [7]
  • Jane Ingham, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838 [7]
  • Robert Ingham, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838 [7]
  • Susan Ingham, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838 [7]
  • Mr. William Ingham, Scottish convict who was convicted in Ayr, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 27th August 1841, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Ingham migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Ingham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Ingham, aged 16, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
  • Mr. William Ingham, British settler as part of the 8th Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Oriental Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th September 1849 [9]
  • Mrs. Rosina Ingham, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Oriental Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th September 1849 [9]
  • James Ingham, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dilharree" in 1875
  • Charles Ingham, aged 19, a ploughman, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Ingham (post 1700) +

  • Samuel Ingham (1793-1881), American politician, two-term Congressman from Connecticut
  • Samuel Delucenna Ingham (1779-1860), American Congressman and U.S. Treasury Secretary under President Andrew Jackson, eponym of the USCGC Ingham (WHEC-35)
  • Sir James Taylor Ingham (1805-1890), English police magistrate, born 17 Jan. 1805, a younger son of Joshua Ingham of Blake Hall, Yorkshire [10]
  • Benjamin Ingham (1712-1772), English evangelist from Yorkshire, born at Ossett, Yorkshire, on 11 June 1712, was son of William Ingham, who lived at one time at Dewsbury [10]
  • Michael Ingham (b. 1980), English-born Northern Irish footballer
  • Harold "Harry" Ingham, English footballer in the nearly 20th century
  • Barrie Ingham (b. 1932), English stage, television and film actor
  • Alice Ingham (1830-1890), English Roman Catholic nun and missionary
  • Albert Edward Ingham (1900-1967), English mathematician
  • Robert Walter Ingham AO (1931-2020), Australian businessman in the poultry industry and was co-founder of the largest thoroughbred horse racing and breeding operation in Australia
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. John Wakelin Ingham (1920-1941), Australian Acting Leading Stoker from Nedlands, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [11]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Eric A Ingham, British Telegraphist, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [12]


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EDEN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Eden.htm
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barossa
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 26 October 2020
  11. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  12. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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