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This surname of HIMES was a locational name 'of Hegham' a spot in East Cheshire. This is a very familiar Cheshire surname. There are also parishes in the diocese of Norwich, Peterborough and Rochester of the place name. The name was originally derived from the Old English word HEAGH (high) and HAM (homestead). Local names derive from a place name, indicating where the man held land, or the place from which he had come, or where he actually lived. The name is also spelt as HIOMS, HIGHAM and HYAMS. Most of the place-names that yield surnames are usually of small communities, villages, hamlets, some so insignificant that they are now lost to the map. A place-name, it is reasonable to suppose, was a useful surname only when a man moved from his place of origin to elsewhere, and his new neighbours bestowed it, or he himself adopted it. The rise of surnames, according to the accepted theory, was due to the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is often assumed that men 'adopted' their surnames. Some certainly did, but the individual himself had no need for a label to distinguish him from his fellows. The development of the feudal system made it essential that the king should know exactly what service each knight owed. Payments to and by the exchequer required that debtors and creditors should be particularized. Monasteries drew up surveys and extents with details of tenants of all classes in their services. Any description which identified the man was satisfactory, his father's name, the name of his land, or a nickname known to be his. A minor notable of the name is George Hadley HIMES, born on the 12th May, 1926. He is an attorney, and his appointments include Attorney and Assistant Counsel for the Prudential Insurance Company of America from 1954. He has been a contributor to numerous professional journals. Chester HIMES (1909-1984) is the US novelist. After serving seven years in prison for armed robbery, he published his first novel 'If He Hollers Let Him Go' (1945) a depiction of the drudgery and racism in a Californian shipyard. Other novels include 'Blind Man with a Pistol' (1969).

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