Show ContentsHeape History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Heape family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Lancashire.

Early Origins of the Heape family

The surname Heape 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.

Early History of the Heape family

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Heape Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Heap, Heaps and others.

Early Notables of the Heape family (pre 1700)

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United States Heape migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Heape or a variant listed above were:

Heape Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Harold Heape, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1895 aboard the ship "Germanic" from Liverpool & Queenstown [1]
Heape Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Frank B. Heape, aged 29, originally from Bradford, England, arrived in New York in 1908 aboard the ship "Lusitania" from Liverpool, England [2]
  • Donald M. Heape, aged 18, originally from Birkenhead, England, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Imperator" from Liverpool, England [3]

New Zealand Heape 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:

Heape Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Heape, American settler travelling from Honolulu aboard the ship "Nebraska" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 9th March 1872 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Heape (post 1700) +

  • Stephen Heape, British ice hockey player for the Coventry ENL Blaze (2013-2014)
  • Walter Heape FRS (1855-1929), British zoologist and embryologist, he performed the first successful mammalian embryo transfer on 27 April 1890, Fellows of the Royal Society in 1906 on Facebook