When the ancestors of the Hemelyn family emigrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They 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 Hemelyn family
The surname Hemelyn 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 Hemelyn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hemelyn 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 Hemelyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hemelyn Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Hemelyn has been recorded under many different variations, including Hamelin, Hamelyn, Hamelen, Hamelyng, Hamelyne and others.
Early Notables of the Hemelyn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hemelyn family to Ireland
Some of the Hemelyn 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 Hemelyn family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Hemelyns were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: 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.