Heap History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the Heap family

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.

Important Dates for the Heap family

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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.

Early Notables of the Heap family (pre 1700)

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Heap migration to the United States

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 Atlantic. 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, who settled in Virginia in 1657
Heap Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary Heap, who settled in Virginia in 1705
Heap Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Heap, who arrived in Alexandria, Va in 1814 [1]
  • William Heap, who landed in Alexandria, Va in 1819 [1]
  • Benjamin, George, Henry, John, and Thomas Heap, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1865

Heap migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Heap Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Benjamin Heap, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Alice Brooks" in 1839 [2]
  • George Heap, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1840 [3]
  • Priscilla Heap, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1840 [3]
  • Andrew Heap, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Stratheden" in 1850 [4]
  • Martha Heap, aged 33, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle" [5]

Heap migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Heap Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Edward Heap, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Simlah" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand in 1851 [6]
  • Mr. John Heap, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Simlah" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand in 1851 [6]
  • Mrs. Heap, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Glenmark" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th December 1870 [7]
  • Miss Heap, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Glenmark" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th December 1870 [7]
  • Mr. Heap, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Glenmark" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th December 1870 [7]
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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 [8]
  • Lionel Heap, American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1917; Mayor of Grand Haven, Michigan, 1934-35; Defeated, 1935 [8]
  • Gwynne Harris Heap, American politician, U.S. Consul in Belfast, 1866-67; Tunis, 1874; U.S. Consul General in Constantinople, 1884 [8]
  • Elizabeth Heap, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 2004 [8]
  • 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

Historic Events for the Heap family

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Norman Heap, British Leading Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [9]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Harry Heap, English Boots Steward from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [10]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ALICE BROOKS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839AliceBrooks.gif
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BABOO 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Baboo.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The STRATHEDEN 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Stratheden.htm
  5. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 26th June 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Taymouth Castle 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/taymouthcastle1855.shtml.
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  10. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 10) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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