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Higham Name Meaning

English (Lancashire): habitational name from any of the many places in England so called, of which the most likely source for present-day bearers is that near Burnley. The place name is from Old English heah ‘high’ + ham ‘homestead’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


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 the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 7 Higham families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 58% of all the recorded Higham's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Higham families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Higham surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Higham ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Higham. 11% of Higham men worked as a Salesman and 14% of Higham women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Higham were Clerk and New Worker.

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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 1940

  • Salesman
    11%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Farmer
    9%
  • Clerk
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    14%
  • Housekeeper
    12%
  • Housewife
    12%
  • New Worker
    9%
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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 the USA, 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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