Hessin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The earliest origins of the name Hessin date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons. The name is derived from the son of Heysham.In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.
Early Origins of the Hessin family
The surname Hessin was first found in Lancashire, at Heysham, a coastal village near Lancaster. The village dates back to the Domesday Book  when it was listed there as Hessam derived from the Old English words haes + ham and meant "homestead or village among the brushwood"  Under the Normans, the manor of Heysham, was held by the service of cornage, where the lord was bound by his tenure to meet the king on the borders of the county, with his horn and a white wand, introducing him into the county, and attending him on his departure. Today the village is a thriving community, but historically the ancient St. Patrick's Chapel, close to St. Peter's Church holds stone graves in the ruins and is home to many Saxon and Viking remains. The church itself contains an ancient Viking hogback stone. According to legend, St. Patrick landed here after crossing from Ireland and established the chapel.
Important Dates for the Hessin family
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Hessin Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hessin include Heysham, Haysom, Hessam, Heshen and others.
Early Notables of the Hessin family (pre 1700)
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Hessin migration to the United States
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hessin or a variant listed above:
Typical Hessin Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Hessin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Jackson Hessin, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 
- William Hessin, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1841 
Contemporary Notables of the name Hessin (post 1700)
- John Hessin Clarke (1857-1945), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1904, 1912; U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio, 1914-16 
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