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Origins of the Higgins surname

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What does the name Higgins mean?

The Higgins surname is English, and has been discovered in reacords from as early as the 1300s. It is a patronymic name, believed to denote someone who was the son or descendant of a person name Richard. 'Hick' and 'Higg' were medieval diminutives or pet forms of this name.

Alternative variations of the name Higgins

Higgins, Higgin, Higins, Higin, Hyggins

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Where do most Higginses live?

In 1921, most Higginses lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Higginses

How common is your surname?

272nd most common surname in the UK

We have 144,000 records for the Higgins surname. The oldest one dates back to 1538.

Who were Higginses most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Higgins first names?

  • John
  • Thomas
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Higginses

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Higginses in 1921




Domestic Servant




General Servant Domestic


Common Male occupations for Higginses in 1921
General Labourer


Coal Miner


Agricultural Labourer


Farm Labourer




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