Hemmingway History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The earliest roots of the name Hemmingway are with the Viking settlers of the early Middle Ages; the surname having come from a place named by the Vikings It is a name for someone who lived in the Orkneys, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Hemmingway family

The surname Hemmingway 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 Hemmingway family

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

Hemmingway Spelling Variations

Standards against which to judge the accuracy of spellings and translations did not yet exist in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations in names dating from that era, are thus, an extremely common occurrence. Hemmingway has been recorded as Hemmingway, Hemingway and others.

Early Notables of the Hemmingway family (pre 1700)

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United States Hemmingway migration to the United States +

The New World was far from the oppressive regime of the old country. It was a place where there was more land than people and political and religious freedom were far easier to come by. Many Scots even got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. In recent years, interest in this heritage has been generated by Clan societies and regular highland games in North America. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Hemmingway name:

Hemmingway Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary and John Hemmingway, who settled in Maryland in 1774

Australia Hemmingway migration to Australia +

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

Hemmingway Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Richard Hemmingway, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Andromache" in 1850 [1]

New Zealand Hemmingway 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:

Hemmingway Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Hemmingway, (b. 1834), aged 25, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Roman Emperor" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th January 1860 [2]
  • Mrs. Henrietta Hemmingway, (b. 1838), aged 21, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Roman Emperor" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th January 1860 [2]
  • Jane Hemmingway, aged 18, a dressmaker, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884

Contemporary Notables of the name Hemmingway (post 1700) +

  • D. W. C. Hemmingway, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Gloucester County, 1873-74
  • C. Hemmingway, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Passaic County, 1869-70, 1872
  • Albert Hemmingway, Professor of Physiology


  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ANDROMACHE 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Andromache.gif
  2. ^ 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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