Hearnshaw History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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 Henshaw in Northumberland, or in the settlement of Henshaw in Prestbury, which is in the county of Cheshire. 
Of the two, the Northumberland township is the oldest dating back to the 12th century when it was known as Hedeneshalch. 
Early Origins of the Hearnshaw family
The surname Hearnshaw was first found in Northumberland at Henshaw, a township, in the parish and union of Haltwhistle, W. division of Tindale ward.  The first record of the family was actually found in Cumberland (Cumbria) where Peter de Henschal was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of 1332. Later, Richard de Henneshagh was found in Cheshire in 1365. 
Henshaw Hall in the parish of Siddington in Cheshire East dates back to at least 1674. This two storey hall was once held by the Henshaw family, but is now a farmhouse.
Early History of 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, 1631, 1608, 1679, 1663, 1614, 1621, 1624, 1635, 1639, 1618, 1700 and 1618 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)
Notables of the family at this time include Nathaniel Henshaw (1628-c.1673) Original Fellow, Royal Society in May 5th, 1663. He was the younger son of Benjamin Henshaw, 'one of the captains of the city of London,' who died 4 Dec. 1631. 
Joseph Henshaw (1608-1679), was Bishop of Peterborough from 1663 until his death. He was the son of Thomas Henshaw, solicitor-general of Ireland. His grandfather, William Henshaw of Worth in Sussex, was descended from an old Cheshire family, resident at Henshaw Hall, in the parish of Siddington, near Congleton. He was one of the...
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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 
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
Related Stories +
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
- ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PestonjeeBomanjee.htm