The first record of the name Hignite,Hignight, and Hignett in England was found in Shropshire,England. The family was seated there from very early times and were granted land by Duke William of Normandy France. The said family arrived with the duke as part of his army. An ancestor by the name of either Hague d'Hougenet, Hague de Houtentot, or Hodo de Hodenet is the warrior rewarded with land in the north of Shropshire, England for his distinguished assistance at the "Battle of Hastings". All of the said men listed above are said to be three diff. generations of the same line. Remember people back then could not read, or write so the surname could be spelled in anyone of these ways. Thank You!