Show ContentsHeaphy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Heaphy reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Heaphy family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Heaphy family lived in Lancashire.

Early Origins of the Heaphy family

The surname Heaphy 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 Heaphy family

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Heaphy Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Heap, Heaps and others.

Early Notables of the Heaphy family (pre 1700)

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United States Heaphy migration to the United States +

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Heaphy name or one of its variants:

Heaphy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Heaphy, who landed in Mississippi in 1876 [1]
  • Cornelius Heaphy, aged 21, who arrived in America from Kildare, in 1893
  • Alice Heaphy, aged 30, who arrived in America, in 1895
  • Patrick Heaphy, who arrived in Ellis Island aboard The Teutonic in April 1898
Heaphy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Katie Heaphy, aged 20, who arrived in America from Kildorrery, Ireland, in 1904
  • William A. Heaphy, aged 42, who arrived in America, in 1905
  • Archibald Heaphy, aged 43, who arrived in America, in 1909
  • Margaret Heaphy, aged 20, who arrived in America from Cork, Ireland, in 1911
  • Mary Heaphy, aged 24, who arrived in America from Fermoy, Ireland, in 1913
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Canada Heaphy migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Heaphy Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Ralph Heaphy, aged 35, who arrived in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, in 1923

New Zealand Heaphy 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:

Heaphy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Heaphy, British draughtsman travelling from London aboard the ship "Tory" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 20th September 1839 [2]
  • Charles Heaphy, who landed in New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Tory
  • William Heaphy, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Cuba
  • William Heaphy, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cuba" in 1840
  • Charles Heaphy, aged 18, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
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Contemporary Notables of the name Heaphy (post 1700) +

  • Tim Heaphy (b. 1964), American criminal defense attorney, law professor, United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia (2009-)
  • Mike Heaphy, American folk musician and recording artist
  • Thomas Heaphy the Younger (1813-1873), English portrait and subject painter, eldest son of Thomas Heaphy the Elder
  • Thomas Heaphy the Elder (1775-1835), English water-colour painter born in London on 29 Dec. 1775 where his father, John Gerrard Heaphy, had a somewhat romantic history, having been born on a battle-field where his father was killed [3]
  • Charles Heaphy (1820-1881), English-born, New Zealand explorer and recipient of the Victoria Cross for gallantry in the face of the enemy, eponym of the Heaphy Track and the Heaphy River [3]
  • William Heaphy, New Zealand ten-year participant in the U.S. Antarctic Research Program, eponym of the Heaphy Spur, Antarctica
  • Chris Heaphy, New Zealand artist who is based in Auckland
  • William "Bill" Heaphy (1888-1914), Australian rules footballer who played from 1908 to 1909 for Essendon
  • Shawn Heaphy (b. 1968), Canadian retired professional NHL hockey player who played for the Calgary Flames during the 1992-93 NHL season

  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. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  3. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019 on Facebook