The Heam family has descended through the lines of the ancient Normans
that came to England
following their Conquest of England
in 1066. The Heam name reveals that an early member was a good friend
or beloved one.
The name was originally derived from the Old French given name or nickname Amis
which means friend.
Early Origins of the Heam family
The surname Heam was first found in the county of Northumberland
, where they were granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. They originated from Exmes, a town in the department of Orne, in Normandy.
Early History of the Heam family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heam research.Another 355 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1889, 1640, 1692, 1721, 1576, 1633, 1619, 1695, 1689, 1759, 1641, 1721 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Heam History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Heam Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Heam family name include Ames, Amess, Amies, Amis, Amiss, Amos, Hames, Haymes, Eames, Emmes and many more.
Early Notables of the Heam family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Ames (Latin: Guilielmus Amesius) (1576-1633), an English Protestant divine, philosopher, and controversialist; Henry Metcalfe Ames, of Lynden, Northumberland; Joseph Ames (1619-1695), an English naval commander from Norfolk
who commanded several ships of war, and made repeated voyages to... Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heam Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Heam family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Heam family to immigrate North America: Abraham Ames who settled in Virginia in 1663; Joan Ames settled in Boston, in 1637; John Ames settled in Virginia in 1663; William Ames settled in Boston in 1637.
The Heam Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fama candida rosa dulcior
Motto Translation: Fame is sweeter than the white rose.