Last name origin & meaning:
English (chiefly East Anglia and northern England): nickname for a
tall man, from Middle English hegh, hie ‘high’, ‘tall’,
Old English hēah (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).
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