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Hempenstall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The ancestors of the Hempenstall surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in the township of Heptonstall, which was in the parish of Halifax in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Hempenstall belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The Battle of Heptonstall in 1643 at Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall during the English civil war was a Royalist victory over the Parliamentarians.

Early Origins of the Hempenstall family


The surname Hempenstall was first found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Hempenstall family


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Another 473 words (34 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1296, 1500, 1558, and 1668 are included under the topic Early Hempenstall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hempenstall Spelling Variations


Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hempenstall include Hepenstal, Heponstall, Heptonstall, Hepponstall, Heptinstall, Hepinstall, Heppenstal and many more.

Early Notables of the Hempenstall family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Hempenstall family to Ireland


Some of the Hempenstall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Hempenstall family to the New World and Oceana


A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Hempenstall Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Hempenstall, who settled in Boston, MA sometime between 1620 and 1650

Hempenstall Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Hempenstall, who settled in Quebec sometime between 1819 and 1825

The Hempenstall Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virescrit vulnere virtus
Motto Translation: Her virtue flourishes by her wound.


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