Last name: Hickenbottom

Perhaps not surprisingly this is an English surname recorded in many forms as shown below. It is locational from a long lost medieval village, which was originally situated between the small towns of Marple and Macclesfield in the county of Cheshire. The surname illustrates the formerly semi-mobile nature of early villages, in that in response to local and sometimes national calamities such as plague, changes in agricultural practices, land drainage, economics, or even civil war, the inhabitants could be scattered to the four winds. This is proved by the many and varied spellings of complicated surnames such as this one. Here there are (at least) ten spellings including Hickenbotham, Hickenbottom, Hickinbottom, Higginbottom, Higginbotham, Hickingbotham, Hickinbottom, Hickensbotham and Higgenbotam, all different from the original spelling. The place name means the dweller at "Hygg's land in the valley base," and the first recording of the family name is believed to be that of John Hyggynbothom. This was dated 1563, in the parish records of Prestbury in Cheshire, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1st of England, known to history as "Good Queen Bess", 1558 - 1603. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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j greenwood
re origin precedes dates shown on this page, going back to 11th century Cheshire England.
whats the evidence?

Surname Database: Hickenbottom Last Name Origin
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Last name meaning Hickenbottom: Perhaps not surprisingly this is an English surname recorded in many forms as shown below. It is locational from a long lost ...

John brown
The most famous Hickenbottom is called Michael Shawn Hickenbottom (aka Shawn Michaels) of wwf American wrestling.

Brie Hickenbottom
My whole life people always asked me if I was Germa... Which I found kind of strange considering I'm a African-American. I know nothing of my father's family history.... So I guess there are black germans after all LOL... Thanks T.J. for the great info

leon hickenbottom
wow T.J. thats very interesting im still looking for more info as we speak thanks for that info

John Higginbotham
Understanding of origin precedes dates shown on this page, going back to 11th century Cheshire England. There are many variations of spelling, because most people of those ancient times did not read and write, and the recorded names were what the names sounded like to record keepers. There are even variations of spelling for the same individual; however, this is an unusual complex name, and all people with a name sounding similar are probably related. Higginbothams entered the "New World" through Virginia before the American Revolution, and were wealthy plantation owners who learned slave management during settlement on Barbados Island. African-Americans bearing any name sounding like this are descended from African slaves who took the name of their owner when emancipated, but some may also be genetically related to slave owners.

j greenwood
re origin precedes dates shown on this page, going back to 11th century Cheshire England.
whats the evidence?

Surname Database: Hickenbottom Last Name Origin
http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Hickenbottom#ixzz2w9IjGpOa
Last name meaning Hickenbottom: Perhaps not surprisingly this is an English surname recorded in many forms as shown below. It is locational from a long lost ...