Hankend History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

It was among those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Hankend was formed. The name was derived from the baptismal name John, which was originally derived from the diminutive Johan-kin. 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.

Early Origins of the Hankend family

The surname Hankend was first found in Somerset, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Important Dates for the Hankend family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hankend research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1761 and 1602 are included under the topic Early Hankend History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hankend Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Hankend include Hankin, Hankins, Hanking, Hankinson, Hanken and others.

Early Notables of the Hankend family (pre 1700)

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hankend Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hankend family

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Hankend were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: George Hankin, who sailed to Virginia in 1640; Richard Hankins also to Virginia in 1652; George Hankinson to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1845 and John Hanken to Philadelphia in 1856..

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