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Higham Family History

Higham Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the places called Higham (Lancashire Yorkshire Derbyshire Leicestershire Northamptonshire Bedfordshire Warwickshire Essex and Kent) or from Heigham in Norfolk. Most of the placenames derive from Old English hēah ‘high’ + hām ‘village homestead’ though the Norfolk placename may come from Old English hecg ‘hedge’ or hecc ‘hatch gate’ + hām.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Ingham, Witham, Bigham, Bingham, Hougham, Isham, Winham, Brigham

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Where is the Higham family from?

You can see how Higham families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Higham family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Higham families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 31 Higham families living in Ontario. This was about 42% of all the recorded Higham's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Higham families in 1911.
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What did your Higham ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Higham. 43% of Higham men worked as a Farmer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Clerk
  • Machinist
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Census Records

There are 48,000 census records available for the last name Higham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Higham census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Higham. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Higham. For the veterans among your Higham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Higham lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Higham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Higham in 1958 was 53, and 73 in 2004.

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