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Where did the English Hensly family come from? What is the English Hensly family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hensly family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hensly family history?
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Hensly has undergone many spelling variations, including Hensley, Hensleigh, Henslie, Henslea, Ensley, Ensleigh, Ensly and many more.
First found in Devon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held a family seat at Furse in that shire.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hensly research. Another 245 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1510, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Hensly History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Hensly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hensly were among those contributors:
Hensly Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
The Hensly Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hensly 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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