The roots of the Heminway surname reach back to the language of the Viking settlers who populated the rugged shores of Scotland
in the Medieval era. The Heminway surname comes from someone having lived in the Orkneys, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Heminway family
The surname Heminway 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 Heminway family
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Heminway Spelling Variations
are extremely common among Scottish names dating from this era because the arts of spelling and translation were not yet standardized. Spelling was done by sound, and translation from Gaelic to English was generally quite careless. In different records, Heminway has been spelled Hemmingway, Hemingway and others.
Early Notables of the Heminway family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Heminway family to the New World and Oceana
Those who made the voyage were greeted with ample opportunity to acquire land and a political climate far away from the oppressive monarchy of the old country. They settled along the east coast of what would become Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence
, those who remained loyal to England
traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, many Scots living in North America have begun to recover their rich heritage through festivals, highland games, and Clan
societies. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Heminway: Mary and John Hemmingway settled in Maryland in 1774.
Contemporary Notables of the name Heminway (post 1700)
- Harry H. Heminway, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Watertown, 1926
- D. Heminway, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 7th District, 1872