Heapy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Heapy is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Heapy family lived in Lancashire.
Early Origins of the Heapy family
The surname Heapy 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 Heapy family
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Heapy Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Heapy are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Heapy include Heap, Heaps and others.
Early Notables of the Heapy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Heapy family
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Heapy, or a variant listed above: Richard Heap settled in Virginia in 1657; Mary Heap settled in Virginia in 1705; Benjamin, George, Henry, John, Thomas Heap arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1865..
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