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The earliest origins of the name Hemenway are with the Viking settlers of the early Middle Ages; the surname having come from a place named by the Vikings It is a name for someone who lived in the Orkneys, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

Hemenway Early Origins



The surname Hemenway was 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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Hemenway Spelling Variations


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Hemenway Spelling Variations



Medieval scribes most often spelled names by the way they sounded. spelling variations, are thus, very common in records dating from that time. Over the years, Hemenway has been spelled Hemmingway, Hemingway and others.

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Hemenway Early History


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Hemenway Early History



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

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Hemenway Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hemenway Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Hemenway Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The Scottish settlers spread out along the fertile land of the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. They and many of their children went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. That heritage has been recovered by many in this century through Clan societies and other Scottish historical organizations. Archival documents indicate that members of the Hemenway family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Hemenway Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • C. J. Hemenway, aged 15, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1894
  • Clara Hemenway, aged 18, who landed in America from London, in 1894
  • E. T. Hemenway, aged 20, who settled in America from London, in 1894
  • J. Hemenway, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894

Hemenway Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Aug J Hemenway, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1905
  • L. Hemenway, who emigrated to America, in 1906
  • Mary Hemenway, aged 12, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Hameth L. Hemenway, aged 20, who settled in America, in 1911
  • Alice Hemenway, aged 45, who emigrated to America, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hemenway Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Delmer Hemenway, who arrived in Canada in 1831

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hemenway (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hemenway (post 1700)



  • William J. L. Hemenway, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Boonville, Indiana, 1872-78
  • Ray Hemenway, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1952, 1960; Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor State Chair, 1955-58
  • James Alexander Hemenway (1860-1923), American Republican politician, Prosecuting Attorney, 2nd Judicial Circuit, 1886-90; Member of Indiana Republican State Committee, 1890;
  • George L. Hemenway, American Republican politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives Nineteenth Middlesex District, 1905
  • George B. Hemenway, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Ontario County, 1908-09
  • Dorothy Hemenway, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1964
  • Charles C. Hemenway (b. 1884), American Democrat politician, Editor; Member of Connecticut State Senate 2nd District, 1917-20
  • Augustus Hemenway, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 12th District, 1904
  • Robert Emery Hemenway (1941-2015), American academic, 16th Chancellor of the University of Kansas
  • John Francis Hemenway, American founder of the Smith & Hemenway tool company in 1872
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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