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Where did the Scottish Hemingway family come from? What is the Scottish Hemingway family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hemingway family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hemingway family history?

The forefathers of the Hemingway family were Viking settlers who came to Scotland in the Middle Ages. Many places were named by these Norsemen, and the Hemingway surname was taken on from one of these place names, when someone lived in the Orkneys, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

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Sound and intuition were the main things that scribes in the Middle Ages relied on when spelling and translating names. Since those factors varied, so did the spelling of the names. Spelling variations of the name Hemingway include Hemmingway, Hemingway and others.

First found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hemingway research. Another 291 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1094 and 1379 are included under the topic Early Hemingway History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Hemingway Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In North America, the monarchy was thousands of miles away and Scots were free to settle on their own land and practice their own beliefs. The American War of Independence provided an opportunity for these settlers to pay back the English monarchy and forge a new nation. Recently, this heritage has survived through North American highland games and Clan societies. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Hemingway or a variant listed above: Mary and John Hemmingway settled in Maryland in 1774.

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  • Ernest Miller Hemingway (1899-1961), American author whose many noted works include "The Old Man and the Sea" and "A Farewell to Arms", recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954 and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1953
  • Margaux Louise Hemingway (1955-1996), American model and actress (granddaughter of writer Ernest Hemingway)
  • Mariel Hadley Hemingway (b. 1961), American actress and granddaughter of writer Ernest Hemingway
  • Gerry Hemingway (b. 1955), American jazz composer and percussionist
  • Brigadier General Thomas Hemingway, American military lawyer awarded the Bronze Star, the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters among others
  • Dave Hemingway (b. 1960), British musician
  • Lynn Hemingway, Utah State representative
  • Maggie Hemingway (1946-1993), British novelist
  • Matt Hemingway (b. 1972), 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist in the High Jump
  • Nick Hemingway (b. 1976), British record producer

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  1. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  2. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  10. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
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The Hemingway Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hemingway Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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