Today's generation of the Hemblen family bears a name that was brought to England
by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Hemblen family lived in Gloucestershire
. Their name, however, is local
reference of Old French derivation. It is stems from the Old French root hamel,
indicating that the original bearer of the name once worked at an outlying farm which was dependent upon a main village. Several areas in Normandy
are called Hamelin.
Early Origins of the Hemblen family
The surname Hemblen was first found in Gloucestershire
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Hemblen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hemblen research.Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1148, 1275, 1105, 1129, 1202, 1533, 1539 and 1534 are included under the topic Early Hemblen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hemblen Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Hemblen were recorded, including Hamelin, Hamelyn, Hamelen, Hamelyng, Hamelyne and others.
Early Notables of the Hemblen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hemblen family to Ireland
Some of the Hemblen family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hemblen family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Hemblen arrived in North America very early: James Hamlin, who came to Barnstable, MA in 1639; James, Joyce, Margaret, Phillip, Hamlin, who all settled in Virginia in 1653; Ezekiel Hamlin, who was on record in Boston in 1655.
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