Hempstead History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The present generation of the Hempstead family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in Suffolk. The surname Hempstead belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Hempstead family
The surname Hempstead was first found in Sussex 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 Hempstead family
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Hempstead Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Hempstead include Hemstead, Hampstead, Hempstead, Hemsted and others.
Early Notables of the Hempstead family (pre 1700)
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Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Hempstead were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Hempstead Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Hempstead Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Hempstead Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Hempstead Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Hempstead Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century