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Heens is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the parish of Heene, which is now part of Worthing in the county of Sussex. The surname Heens belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The surname Heens may also be derived from the personal name Henry.

Heens Early Origins



The surname Heens was first found in Sussex, where evidence suggests they held a family seat before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Heens Spelling Variations


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Heens Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Heens family name include Hen, Henn, Henne, Heene, Hene and others.

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Heens Early History


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Heens Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heens research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1639, 1708, 1673 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Heens History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Heens Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Heens Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Hugh Henn, page of the bedchamber to James I and Charles I, and later appointed Keeper of the Queen's Garden, Greenwich in 1639; and his son, Henry Hene (or Henn) (died 1708), an English-born judge who became Chief...

Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Heens In Ireland


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Heens In Ireland



Some of the Heens family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 55 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Heens surname or a spelling variation of the name include: John George Henn, who sailed to America in 1740; John Peter Henn to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1744; Henn family to America in 1763; Barbara, John and Nicholas Hen to Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1764.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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    The Heens Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Heens Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 11 September 2013 at 16:01.

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