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The name Henson has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon name that was originally derived from the baptismal name for the son of Hans. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.

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The surname Henson 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.

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Henson include Hanson, Hansom and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Henson research. Another 300 words (21 lines of text) covering the year 1675 is included under the topic Early Henson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Henson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Phillipp Henson, aged 21, landed in Barbados in 1635
  • Rich Henson, who arrived in Virginia in 1656
  • John Henson, who landed in Maryland in 1661
  • Robert Henson, who arrived in Maryland in 1665

Henson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Phillip Henson, who arrived in Virginia in 1703

Henson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christian Henson, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906
  • Elizabeth Henson, aged 13, arrived in New York, NY in 1852
  • Emma Henson, aged 5, arrived in New York, NY in 1852
  • Haddon Henson, aged 2, landed in New York, NY in 1852
  • Mary Henson, aged 19, landed in New York, NY in 1852
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Henson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Henson, English convict from Northampton, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • William Henson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1847
  • John Henson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1849

Henson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Emma Henson arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoenix" in 1860
  • Gustave Henson arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Claramont" in 1863
  • Charles Henson arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hasquina" in 1870
  • Susannah Henson arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hasquina" in 1870
  • Amelia Henson arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hasquina" in 1870
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  • John Paul Henson (1965-2014), American puppeteer best known for his association with The Muppets, son of Jim Henson
  • Jane Henson (1934-2013), American puppeteer, wife of puppeteer Jim Henson
  • Denver C. Henson, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arizona, 1944; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Arizona at-large, 1946
  • Debra Henson, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 2004
  • David Henson, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Casselberry, Florida, 2004
  • Burton G. Henson, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 1932
  • Burt M. Henson, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1964
  • A. L. Henson, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1948
  • Francis Henson, American Democrat politician, Member of Wisconsin Democratic State Central Committee, 1954
  • George Henson, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1956
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  • A Henson Family History in Early America and Their Revolutionary War Soldiers, 1725-18500 by A.L. Henson.
  • The Story of Philip G. Henson of Wayne County, Illinois by Beulah Reed May.
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    Other References

    1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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