Hemelend is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest
brought to England
in 1066. The Hemelend 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 Hemelend family
The surname Hemelend 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 Hemelend family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hemelend 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 Hemelend History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hemelend Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Hamelin, Hamelyn, Hamelen, Hamelyng, Hamelyne and others.
Early Notables of the Hemelend family (pre 1700)
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hemelend Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hemelend family to Ireland
Some of the Hemelend 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 Hemelend family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hemelend or a variant listed above: 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.