Hemington History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

It was among those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Hemington was formed. The name was derived from the personal name Henning or Hemming. The letters n and m were often regarded as interchangeable in the medieval records.

Early Origins of the Hemington family

The surname Hemington was first found in Norfolk 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.

Important Dates for the Hemington family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hemington research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1276, 1498, and 1601 are included under the topic Early Hemington History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hemington Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Hemington include Henning, Hening, Hennings, Hemington and others.

Early Notables of the Hemington family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Hemington family to Ireland

Some of the Hemington family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hemington migration to the United States

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Hemington were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Hemington Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Hermon Hemington, who arrived in Kansas in 1900

Hemington migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hemington Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Dennis Hemington , (b. 1818), aged 24, British settler travelling from London and Plymouth aboard the ship "Thomas Sparks" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 31st January 1843, the ship stuck rocks of the coast of Cape of Good Hope delaying her landing by 2 months [1]
  • Mrs. Johanna Hemington , (b. 1819), aged 23, British settler travelling from London and Plymouth aboard the ship "Thomas Sparks" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 31st January 1843, the ship stuck rocks of the coast of Cape of Good Hope delaying her landing by 2 months [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hemington (post 1700)

  • J. G. Hemington, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1912

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Citations

  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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