Heemscherk History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Heemscherk family
The surname Heemscherk was first found in Holland, where Heemskerk is a municipality and a town in the province of North Holland which dates back to at least the year 1063, when the town was known as Hemezen Kyrica, Latinized Frisian meaning Church of Hemezen. The place holds many historical monuments, among them the Huldtoneel, a man-made hill located near the current Rijksstraatweg, where once the Counts of Holland where inaugurated. Two castles, Castle Oud Haerlem and Castle Heemskerk were built in the twelfth and thirteenth century respectively to protect the County of Holland against the West Frisians. Both castles survive today. Castle Heemskerk, renamed Castle Marquette in 1610 is now owned by a Spanish hoteleliers.
Early History of the Heemscherk family
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Heemscherk Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Heemskerck, Heemskercke, Heemskercks, Heemskerckes, Heemskeerck, Hemskerck, Hemmskerck, Heemskerckk and many more.
Early Notables of the Heemscherk family (pre 1700)
From this era of Dutch history, those of this who distinguished themselves included Jacob van Heemskerk (1567-1607), Dutch explorer and admiral commanding the Dutch fleet at the Battle of Gibraltar, famous for his attempt to discover an Arctic passage from Europe to China in 1596, died as a result of leg wounds caused by cannonball, shortly after the Battle of Gibraltar; Johan van Heemskerk (1597-1656), Dutch poet, was best known for his first volume of poems, Minnekunst (The Art of Love), which appeared in 1622.
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Migration of the Heemscherk family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johannes Heemskerk, aged 20, who arrived at Ellis Island from Sassenheim, Holland, in 1916; Johannes Th. Heemskerk, aged 33, who arrived at Ellis Island from Rotterdam, Holland, in 1920.
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