Higham Family History

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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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Higham Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Higham name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Higham. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Higham Family Origin

Where is the Higham family from?

Higham Family Occupations

What did your Higham ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Higham occupation in the USA was Miner. 6% of Higham's were Miners. Miner, Blacksmith and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Higham. A less common occupation for the Higham family was Laborer.

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  • Miner

  • Blacksmith

  • Farmer

  • Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Higham ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Higham Historical Records

What Higham family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Higham Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Higham

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Higham ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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