High Name Meaning

English (chiefly East Anglia and northern England): nickname for a tall man, from Middle English hegh, hie ‘high’, ‘tall’, Old English heah (compare Hay 2), or a topographic name for a dweller on a hilltop or high place, from the same word used in a topographical sense. This second use is supported by early forms such as Richard atte High (Sussex 1332).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Haigh, Hugh, Hight, Higham, Hogg, Hind, Bligh, Hild, Fish, Wigg

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High Family Origin

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High Family Occupations

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  • Agricultural Labourer

    8%
  • Labourer

    3%
  • Iron Miner

    3%
  • Blacksmith

    2%

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Iron Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by High. A less common occupation for the High family was Blacksmith. The most common High occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 8% of High's were Agricultural Labourers.

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High Historical Records

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High Life Expectancy

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Between 1943 and 2004, High life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for High in 1943 was 37, and 73 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for High

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