The story of the Heminge family stretches back through time to the Viking settlers who populated the rugged shores of
in the Medieval era. The Heminge name comes from a place named by these
and was used by a family who lived in the Orkneys, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.
from early times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heminge research.Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1677, 1700, 1566, 1630, 1623, 1602, 1653 and 1945 are included under the topic Early Heminge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
In the Middle Ages, no real standards were established to judge the accuracy of spelling and translation. They were done mostly by ear and intuition, and enormous numbers of spelling variations
were the unsurprising result. Heminge has appeared as Hemming, Heming, Hemming, Hemmings, Hemyng and others.
Notable amongst the Clan
from early times was John Heminges (sometimes spelled Heming or Heminge) (1566-1630), an actor in the King's Men, the playing company for which William Shakespeare wrote. He was also co-editor of the First Folio, the collected plays of Shakespeare, published in 1623 and financial manager for the King's Men. A memorial statue of him can be found in... Another 62 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heminge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
North America was far from Britain's oppressive monarchy. There, the Scottish found land and freedom, and many even the opportunity to pay back England
in the American War of Independence
. This brave heritage survives today largely in Clan
societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Heminge family in North America: Samuel Hemming settled in New England
in 1698; Thomas Heming settled in Virginia in 1654; Joe Heming settled in Virginia in 1635.