Hearnshaw History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Hearnshaw name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Hearnshaw was originally derived from a family having lived in the settlement of Henshaw in Northumberland, or in the settlement of Henshaw in Prestbury, which is in the county of Cheshire. The surname Hearnshaw belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Hearnshaw family

The surname Hearnshaw was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Hearnshaw family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hearnshaw research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1628, 1673, 1663, 1608, 1679, 1663, 1618 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Hearnshaw History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hearnshaw Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hearnshaw include Henshaw, Henshall, Henshawe and others.

Early Notables of the Hearnshaw family (pre 1700)

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Hearnshaw migration to the United States

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Hearnshaw Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Henry Hearnshaw, aged 29, who immigrated to America from Smethwick, England, in 1920
  • Doris Hearnshaw, aged 22, who landed in America from Smethwick, England, in 1923

Hearnshaw migration to Australia

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

Hearnshaw Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Isaac Hearnshaw, who arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838 [1]

Hearnshaw 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:

Hearnshaw Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • D. Hearnshaw, aged 24, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856

Contemporary Notables of the name Hearnshaw (post 1700)

  • Fossey John Cobb Hearnshaw (1869-1946), English professor of history, specializing in medieval history
  • Eric Hearnshaw (1893-1967), English-born, Australian politician, member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly (1945 to 1965)
  • Susan Christina Hearnshaw (b. 1961), British bronze medalist athlete who competed at the 1984 Summer Olympics

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Citations

  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PestonjeeBomanjee.htm
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