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The name Heap was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Heap family lived in Lancashire.

Heap Early Origins



The surname Heap was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Heap Spelling Variations


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Heap Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Heap, Heaps and others.

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Heap Early History


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Heap Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heap research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heap History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Heap Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Heap Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Heap 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



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World 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 stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Heap or a variant listed above:

Heap Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Heap settled in Virginia in 1657

Heap Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Heap settled in Virginia in 1705

Heap Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Heap, who arrived in Alexandria, Va in 1814
  • William Heap, who landed in Alexandria, Va in 1819
  • Benjamin, George, Henry, John, and Thomas Heap arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1865

Heap Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin Heap arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Alice Brooks" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ALICE BROOKS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839AliceBrooks.gif
  • George Heap arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BABOO 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Baboo.htm
  • Priscilla Heap arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BABOO 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Baboo.htm
  • Andrew Heap arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Stratheden" in 1850
  • Martha Heap, aged 33, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle"

Heap Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Jonathan Heap, aged 27, a brickmaker, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Agnes Muir" in 1872
  • Martha Heap, aged 24, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Agnes Muir" in 1872
  • Sarah J. Heap, aged 3, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Agnes Muir" in 1872
  • John N. Heap, aged 2, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Agnes Muir" in 1872
  • James N. Heap arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Agnes Muir" in 1872
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Heap (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Heap (post 1700)



  • William Heap, American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan National Democratic State Central Committee, 1899; Candidate for Michigan State Senate 23rd District, 1906
  • Lionel Heap, American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1917; Mayor of Grand Haven, Michigan, 1934-35; Defeated, 1935
  • Gwynne Harris Heap, American politician, U.S. Consul in Belfast, 1866-67; Tunis, 1874; U.S. Consul General in Constantinople, 1884
  • Elizabeth Heap, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 2004
  • Todd Heap (b. 1980), American professional (NFL) football player
  • Mark Heap, English television actor
  • Daniel James Macdonnell "Dan" Heap (1925-2014), Canadian politician, Member of Parliament for Trinity-Spadina (1981-1988), Toronto City Councillor (1974-1978)
  • Aaron Heap, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Rochester
  • Imogen Heap (b. 1977), British singer-songwriter

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Heap Historic Events


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Heap Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Norman Heap, British Leading Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Harry Heap, English Boots Steward from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ALICE BROOKS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839AliceBrooks.gif
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BABOO 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Baboo.htm

Other References

  1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  11. ...

The Heap Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Heap Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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