Early Origins of the Heemskerck family
The surname Heemskerck 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 Heemskerck family
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Heemskerck Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Heemskerck, Heemskercke, Heemskercks, Heemskerckes, Heemskeerck, Hemskerck, Hemmskerck, Heemskerckk and many more.
Early Notables of the Heemskerck 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... Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heemskerck Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Heemskerck family to the New World and Oceana
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.