The name Hempe is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in the village of Hampton in the dioceses of Worcester, Hereford, London, Exeter
, and Lichford.
Early Origins of the Hempe family
The surname Hempe was first found in Staffordshire
where they were recorded as a family of great antiquity seated at Wolverhampton with manor and estates in that shire. However, the name has three distinct origins: from the Old English word ham-tun as in "home farm, homestead"; from the Old English words hamm + tun, meaning "farmstead in an enclosure or river bend"; and finally from the Old English hean + tun meaning "high farmstead." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The earliest place name found was Hamtona in 716 which later became Hampton Lovett which is now a village and civil parish in the Wychavon district of the county of Worcestershire
. The Domesday Book
listed the following place names: Hamtune, Hantone, Hamntone Hantune, Hantone and Hantun.
Early History of the Hempe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hempe research.Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1166, 1221, 1327, 1552, 1625, 1613 and are included under the topic Early Hempe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hempe Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Hempe are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Hempe include: Hampton, Hamptonne and others.
Early Notables of the Hempe family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Hempe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hempe family to Ireland
Some of the Hempe family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 113 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hempe family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Hempe or a variant listed above: Joanne Hampton who settled in Virginia in 1621; with her husband William; Anne Hampton settled in Barbados in 1697; John Hampton settled in Virginia in 1634. In Newfoundland, Robert Hampton was a grand juror of St. John's in 1811.