Hemmings History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The noble Viking settlers who came to the rocky shores of Scotland in the Middle Ages brought with them the ancestors of the Hemmings family. They lived in the Orkneys, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Hemmings family

The surname Hemmings was first found in the Orkneys, where they held a family seat from early times.

Important Dates for the Hemmings family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hemmings 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 Hemmings History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hemmings Spelling Variations

Scottish names from the Middle Ages vary enormously in their spellings. This is a result of the fact that there were no universal standards like dictionaries for scribes to judge by. The recorded spelling variations of the name Hemmings include Hemming, Heming, Hemming, Hemmings, Hemyng and others.

Early Notables of the Hemmings family (pre 1700)

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...
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Hemmings migration to the United States

Settlers found farms all along the eastern part of what would become the United States and Canada. They provided a base and a backbone that would strengthen two great nations in the making. In the 20th century, the ancestors of those brave Scots have rediscovered their heritage through highland games and Scottish historical societies. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Hemmings or a variant listed above, including:

Hemmings Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johann Hemmings, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • William J Hemmings, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1874 [1]

Hemmings migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hemmings Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • William Henry Hemmings, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Hemmings migration to Australia

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

Hemmings Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Eliza Hemmings, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Norman"
  • James Hemmings, aged 26, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Henry Moore"

Hemmings 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:

Hemmings Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Hemmings, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mr. Frank Hemmings, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Excelsior" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 17th March 1859 [2]
  • Joseph Hemmings, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1864
  • Mary Hemmings, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1864
  • Richard Hemmings, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1864
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Contemporary Notables of the name Hemmings (post 1700)

  • John Hemmings (1776-1833), (also spelled Hemings), American slave born at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello; he became a highly skilled carpenter and woodworker; he was freed in 1826 by Jefferson's will and given the tools to the joinery
  • Fred Hemmings, American politician, Member of Hawaii State Senate 25th District; Elected 2000, 2002
  • Myra Lillian Davis Hemmings (1895-1968), American actress and teacher, founder of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
  • David Hemmings (1941-2003), English film actor and director
  • Nolan Hemmings (b. 1970), English stage and film actor
  • Anthony "Tony" Hemmings (b. 1967), English professional footballer
  • Guy Hemmings (b. 1962), Canadian curler
  • Edward Ernest "Eddie" Hemmings (b. 1949), former English cricketer
  • Deon Hemmings (b. 1968), former Olympic female 400 meter hurdler

Historic Events for the Hemmings family

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Bertie Hemmings (b. 1896), English Engine Room Artificer 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [3]

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  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
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