|Colonial Families of Robert Hignett born 1634 in England and died in 1717 at Mormouso Creek, Somerset County Maryland.|
Hignett is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The name Hignett came from the Norman name Odinet, from which the more commonly known Odo is derived.
First found in Shropshire where they were seated from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
The French surname Hignette, a regional variant form of Hugnet, along with Hignett,Hugnin,Hugnot,Higonet,Hignitt, and others mainly from Lorraine Department of France, the name is of nickname origin deriving from one who had either a high pitched voice or a distintive laugh. In this instance the french term "hennir-henney" is the word that the name is derived from, thus affording the original name berrer a means of idenity in his location in anciant times.
In ancient England, the surname was apparent in both Lancashire and Shropshire. The said name is assumed to be of Anglo/Norman origins. The surname at one time had an "R" where the "H" is.
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".
Spelling variations include: Hodenet, Hignett, Hignet, Hodnet, Hodnett, Hodenett, Hodinett, Hodinutt, Hodinut, Hodinott, Hodinot, Hoddenett, Hoddinet, Hoddinutt and many more.
Julian Mezick born 1645 in France and died 1716 in Somerset County, Maryland. The "Messick" family settled in the section of Nanticoke Hundred that later bacame Wicomico County, Maryland. Julian had immigrated from Virginia by 1674. His first track of land, "Nantes" was patented on September 8, 1682. It is believed he named this land after his homeland and the Nantes River in France.
MAZYCK has many spellings. Some of the MAZYCK family was from Ile de Rhe.
This family research is far from complete. I hope to continually add missing family members, details and stories
to this list.
I do go further back than these two highlighted surnames, but these two men are the first with this surname to arrive in America and they are my parents surnames. There are certainly many, many other surnames joined to these two.
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* I had to remove hundreds of names in order to upload this family tree online. They are still in my document and as soon as I find a website that will allow all of them I plan to use that site. I will let you know where to look once I do...thanks for your patience.
|Hignutt & Messick Family Tree of the Eastern Shore|
Updated January 26, 2009