Hemans History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hemans is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of the Britain and comes from Hamon, an Old French personal name brought to England after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early Origins of the Hemans family

The surname Hemans was first found in Kent. The Roll of Battle Abbey reveals that two brothers, sons or grandsons of Hamon Dentatus accompanied the Conqueror in his Conquest. The first was Robert Fitz-Hamon, the renowned Conqueror of Glamorganshire and the second was Haimon, named in the Domesday Book as "Dapifer," for having received the office of Lord Steward for the King. The latter died issueless while the former had four daughters, three of which had conventual lives.

The remaining daughter named Mabel married Robert Fitzroy, Earl of Gloucester. Hamon Dentatus had two other sons: Richard of Granville; and Creuquer who inherited the Barony of Chatham from Robert Fitz-Hamon and many of the Kentish estates of Hamon Dapifer. [1]

These estates were passed down to Haimon de Crévequer (died 1208) who had one son Robert Haimon. The latter joined the confederacy of Barons against Henry III., and as a consequence lost all his estates.

Later, West-Acre in Norfolk was home to a branch of the family. "It is the property of A. Hamond, Esq., whose seat here, High House, is a handsome mansion in the Italian style, finely situated in a well-wooded park. The church is partly in the early and partly in the later English style, with a square embattled tower, and contains the mausoleum of the Hamond family, and many beautiful monuments to several of its members." [2]

Early History of the Hemans family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hemans research. Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1209, 1647, 1579, 1600, 1658, 1605, 1660, 1630, 1681, 1672, 1716, 1621, 1654, 1665 and are included under the topic Early Hemans History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hemans Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Hemans has been spelled many different ways, including Hammond, Hammon, Hammons, Hamon, Hamond and others.

Early Notables of the Hemans family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Matthew Hammond (died 1579) Unitarian ploughwright from Hetherset, Norfolk, who was executed for his beliefs; Thomas Hammond (c. 1600-1658), an officer in the New Model Army and a regicide; Henry Hammond (1605-1660), an English churchman; Thomas Hammond (1630-1681), an English-born merchant and landowner who settled in Norway, father of Sara Hammond...
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hemans Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Hemans family to Ireland

Some of the Hemans family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 75 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hemans migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hemanss to arrive in North America:

Hemans Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Margaret Hemans, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1896
Hemans Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • C.S. Hemans, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Henry Kitching Hemans, aged 60, who settled in America, in 1907
  • John Trevor Hemans, aged 29, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1919

Contemporary Notables of the name Hemans (post 1700) +

  • Lawton Thomas Hemans (1864-1916), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Mason, Michigan, 1891; Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Ingham County 2nd District, 1901-04;
  • Charles Fitch Hemans (1896-1971), American Democrat politician, Lawyer; Member of University of Michigan Board of Regents, 1934-41
  • Charles Isidore Hemans (1817-1876), English antiquary, youngest son of Felicia Dorothea Hemans
  • Felicia Dorothea Hemans (1793-1835), English poetess, born in Duke Street, Liverpool, on 25 Sept. 1793, the daughter of George Browne, merchant, of Liverpool, and at one time Imperial and Tuscan consul there


The Hemans Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Per tot discrimina verun
Motto Translation: Through so many dangers


  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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