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Hickford Coat of Arms / Hickford Family Crest

Hickford Coat of Arms / Hickford Family Crest

The surname of HICKFORD was a locational name 'of Hickford' a small spot in County Salop. The Higfords were an ancient family in County Salop, originally styled as Hugford. About the reign of James I (1603-1625) the surname was turned into Higford, which has now become Hickford. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. Early records of the name mention Edith de Hicford, County Oxford, 1273. This entry seems to prove that Hickford was the known form of the name six centuries ago. Many modern family names throughout Europe reflect the profession or occupation of their forbears in the Middle Ages and derive from the position held by their ancestors in the village, noble household or religious community in which they lived and worked. The addition of their profession to their birth name made it easier to identity individual tradesmen and craftsmen. As generations passed and families moved around, so the original identifying names developed into the corrupted but simpler versions that we recognise today. Since the dawn of civilisation the need to communicate has been a prime drive of all higher mankind. The more organised the social structure became, the more urgent the need to name places, objects and situations essential to the survival and existence of the social unit. From this common stem arose the requirements to identify families, tribes and individual members evolving into a pattern in evidence today. In the formation of this history, common usage of customs, trades, locations, patronymic and generic terms were often adopted as surnames. The demands of bureaucracy formally introduced by feudal lords in the 11th century, to define the boundaries and families within their fiefdoms, crystallized the need for personal identification and accountability, and surnames became in general use from this time onwards. The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. (Hickford and Huckford).


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