Hempsil History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The roots of the name Hempsil are found among the Strathclyde-Briton people of the ancient Scottish/English Borderlands. Hempsil was originally found in Galston, in the county of Ayrshire. 
Early Origins of the Hempsil family
The surname Hempsil was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, 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 Hempsil family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hempsil research. Another 97 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1689, 1704, 1741, 1716, 1718, 1630 and are included under the topic Early Hempsil History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hempsil Spelling Variations
In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Hempsil has appeared as Hemphill, Hempill, Hempsill, Hempshall, Hemshall and many more.
Early Notables of the Hempsil family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Samuel Hemphill (d. 1741), Irish Presbyterian minister, a native of Ulster, and probably trained for the ministry in one of the Presbyterian academies in the north of Ireland. He appears to have entered at...
Migration of the Hempsil family to Ireland
Some of the Hempsil family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Migration of the Hempsil family
The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North America. Among them: John Hemphill settled in New Jersey in 1792; Samuel Hemphill settled in Philadelphia in 1734; Alexander, Charles, Daniel, David, Henry, Hugh, James, Joseph, Robert, Samuel and William Hemphill all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..
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: Constanter ac non timide
Motto Translation: With constancy, not timidity.