The earliest origins of the name Hemenway are with the Viking settlers of the early Middle Ages; the surname having come from a place named by the Vikings It is a name for someone who lived in the Orkneys, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.
The surname Hemenway was first found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
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Medieval scribes most often spelled names by the way they sounded. spelling variations, are thus, very common in records dating from that time. Over the years, Hemenway has been spelled Hemmingway, Hemingway and others.
The Scottish settlers spread out along the fertile land of the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. They and many of their children went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. That heritage has been recovered by many in this century through Clan societies and other Scottish historical organizations. Archival documents indicate that members of the Hemenway family relocated to North American shores quite early:
Hemenway Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
C. J. Hemenway, aged 15, who immigrated to the United States from London, in 1894
Clara Hemenway, aged 18, who landed in America from London, in 1894
E. T. Hemenway, aged 20, who settled in America from London, in 1894
J. Hemenway, aged 40, who immigrated to the United States, in 1894
Hemenway Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Aug J Hemenway, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1905
L. Hemenway, who immigrated to America, in 1906
Mary Hemenway, aged 12, who landed in America, in 1906
Hameth L. Hemenway, aged 20, who settled in America, in 1911
Alice Hemenway, aged 45, who immigrated to America, in 1911