Hemingway History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The forefathers of the Hemingway family were Viking settlers who came to Scotland in the Middle Ages. Many places were named by these Norsemen, and the Hemingway surname was taken on from one of these place names, when someone lived in the Orkneys, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Hemingway family

The surname Hemingway 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.

Early History of the Hemingway family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hemingway research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1094 and 1379 are included under the topic Early Hemingway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hemingway Spelling Variations

Sound and intuition were the main things that scribes in the Middle Ages relied on when spelling and translating names. Since those factors varied, so did the spelling of the names. Spelling variations of the name Hemingway include Hemmingway, Hemingway and others.

Early Notables of the Hemingway family (pre 1700)

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Australia Hemingway migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hemingway Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Hemingway, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848 [1]
  • Christiana Hemingway, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848 [1]
  • Edwin Cuncliffe Hemingway, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848 [1]
  • Walter Hemingway, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848 [1]

New Zealand Hemingway 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:

Hemingway Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Mary A. Hemingway, (b. 1847), aged 18, English domestic servant from Middlesex travelling from London aboard the ship "Tudor" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 24th September 1865 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hemingway (post 1700) +

  • Ernest Miller Hemingway (1899-1961), American author whose many noted works include "The Old Man and the Sea" and "A Farewell to Arms", recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954 and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1953
  • Willis J. Hemingway, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Plainville; Elected 1894
  • William J. L. Hemingway, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Boonville, Indiana, 1861-66
  • W. J. Hemingway, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nevada, 1956
  • Ralph B. Hemingway, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from North Haven; Elected 1940, 1948
  • Marilyn L. Hemingway, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 2004, 2008
  • John H. Hemingway, American politician, U.S. Attorney for New Mexico, 1893-96
  • Henry C. Hemingway, American politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly from Walworth County, 1851
  • Gregory J. Hemingway, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Maryland 6th District, 2004
  • Eleazer Hemingway, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from East Haven, 1825-30
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. Paul C Hemingway (1957-1985), American Sergeant from Staten Island, New York, USA who died in the crash [3]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. John Herbert Hemingway, British Supply Assistant, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [4]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. John William Hemingway, English Double Bass player from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [5]


  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The HARPLEY 1848 - PASSENGER LIST. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848HarpleyPassengerList.htm
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550
  4. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  5. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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