This famous surname is of Anglo-Saxon and Olde English pre 7th century origins. It is residential, denoting someone who lived at, on, or by, a moor or heath, or it can equally well be a locational surname from any of the numerous places called Heath, in for example, the counties of Derbyshire, Bedfordshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Yorkshire. In all case the derivation is from the Olde English word "haeth", and the later Middle English "hethe", meaning heath or heather, the characteristic plant of heathland areas. The name development has included: Laurence atte Hethe of Sussex in 1296; Peter del Heth of Yorkshire in 1296; and Alan Othehethe of Staffordshire in 1332. One Isack Heath, his wife Elizabeth, and daughter, also named Elizabeth, were early emigrants to the New England colonies of America. They left the port of London on the ship "Hopewell" in September 1635. Notable namebearers include: Nicholas Heath (1501 - 1578). He was appointed Archbishop of York in 1555, and Lord Chancellor of England in the following year; whilst Robert Heath (1575 - 1649) was the Solicitor-general in 1621 and knighted in the same year. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John de la Heth. This was dated 1248, when he was a witness in the Court Records of the county of Essex, during the reign of King Henry 111rd of England, 1216 - 1272.

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  • Heath — (h[=e]th), n. [OE. heth waste land, the plant heath, AS. h[=ae][eth]; akin to D. & G. heide, Icel. hei[eth]r waste land, Dan. hede, Sw. hed, Goth. hai[thorn]i field, L. bucetum a cow pasture; cf. W. coed a wood, Skr. ksh[=e]tra field. [root]20.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • HEATH (E.) — HEATH EDWARD (1916 ) Né à Broadstairs (Kent), Edward Heath sera le premier leader d’origine ouvrière du Parti conservateur. Après des études à Balliol College, Oxford, il participe à la Seconde Guerre mondiale, combattant en Europe en 1944 et en… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • heath|y — «HEE thee», adjective, heath|i|er, heath|i|est. 1. of or having to do with a heath. 2. like a heath. 3. covered with or full of heath: »They walke …   Useful english dictionary

  • heath — [hēth] n. [ME hethe < OE hæth, akin to Ger heide, wasteland, heath < IE base * kaito , forested or uncultivated land > Welsh coed, forest] 1. a tract of open wasteland, esp. in the British Isles, covered with heather, low shrubs, etc.;… …   English World dictionary

  • heath|er — «HEHTH uhr», noun. 1. a low evergreen shrub with stalks of small, purple or pink, bell shaped flowers, covering many heaths of Scotland and northern England; ling; heath. Heather belongs to the heath family. 2. any one of various heaths common in …   Useful english dictionary

  • Heath —   [hiːθ],    1) Edward Richard George, britischer Politiker, * Broadstairs (County Kent) 9. 7. 1916; Bankangestellter, 1959/60 Arbeitsminister und 1960 63 Lordsiegelbewahrer. 1961 63 führte er die Verhandlungen mit der EWG über den Beitritt… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Heath, AL — U.S. town in Alabama Population (2000): 249 Housing Units (2000): 138 Land area (2000): 0.910125 sq. miles (2.357213 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.002215 sq. miles (0.005737 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.912340 sq. miles (2.362950 sq. km) FIPS code …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

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