Hem History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

There are several possible origins for this surname. The name may be derived from the Old English word "heghen" meaning a "farm or holding," in which case, the name may have come from the place of residence of the initial bearer. Alternatively, the surname may be derived from the Old English word "heyne" meaning "a mean person," and may have come from a characteristic of the initial bearer.

Early Origins of the Hem family

The surname Hem was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where the name has long been associated with the barony of Halywode.

Early History of the Hem family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hem research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1289, 1327, 1630, and 1655 are included under the topic Early Hem History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hem Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Haining, Hain, Hainning, Henning, Haning, Hanning and others.

Early Notables of the Hem family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Hem Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Hem family to Ireland

Some of the Hem family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hem migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hem Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Hem, aged 21, who landed in Jamaica in 1684 [1]
Hem Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Hem, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [1]
  • Jane Hem, who landed in Virginia in 1711 [1]
  • Mattheis Hem, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1744 [1]
  • Johannes Hem, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1767 [1]
  • Johan Jacob Hem, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1787 [1]
Hem Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jacob Hem, aged 30, who arrived in Missouri in 1846 [1]

Canada Hem migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hem Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Morris Hem, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760

Contemporary Notables of the name Hem (post 1700) +

  • Eugene A. Hem, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, 1986 (Third Party), 1998 (Independent), 2000 (Independent)


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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