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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.

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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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hempstead research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1350 are included under the topic Early Hempstead History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Hempstead Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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


  • Robert Hempstead who settled in New London Conn. in 1630
  • Robert Hempstead, who arrived in New London, Conn in 1643
  • William Hempstead, who landed in Maryland in 1663

Hempstead Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • John Hempstead arrived in New England in 1777

Hempstead Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Maria Hempstead, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Hempstead Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Howard Maxwell Hempstead, who arrived in Alabama in 1920

Hempstead Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Jonathan Hempstead, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila

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  • Stephen P. Hempstead (1812-1883), American politician, 2nd Governor of Iowa (1850 to 1854)
  • Harry Newton Hempstead (1868-1938), American owner of the New York Giants of the National League (1912 to 1919)
  • Edward Hempstead (1780-1817), American lawyer, pioneer, and one of the early settlers in the new Louisiana Purchase


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The Hempstead Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hempstead Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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