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Hitchmough Coat of Arms / Hitchmough Family Crest

Hitchmough Coat of Arms / Hitchmough Family Crest

The surname of HITCHMOUGH was a baptismal name 'the son of Hickmot' the name is also spelt Hickmott. The name is found chiefly in Yorkshire and Lancashire, and was originally from the Old Norman given name Hick and Magr. The name actually meant 'one who was related by marriage'. The name was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. 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 identify 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.

Early records of the name mention HITCHEMOUGH (without surname) who was recorded in 1185 in County Lancashire. Edward Hickmere of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Thomas Hikemot who was documented in Warwickshire in the year 1460. John Hychmoughe who registered at Oxford University in 1548. Robert Hichmughe was recorded in County Lancashire in the year 1584. John Taylor married Jone Hyckmote at St. Michael, Cornhill, London in 1564. Baptised. Fraunces Edward Hickmot (sadler) at St. Peter, Cornhill, London in 1585.

As early as the year 1100, it was quite common for English people to give French names to their children, and the earliest instances are found among the upper classes, both the clergy and the patrician families. The Norman-French names used were generally the names most commonly used by the Normans, who had introduced them into England during the Norman Invasion of William the Conqueror in 1066.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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