Hemson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hemson is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname that came from the son of Emery. [1]

"This surname is derived from the name of an ancestor. 'the son of Emery' whence Emerson, corrupted to Emson, and with intrusive 'p' to Empson. This is proved by the following entries relating to one and the same man:

Richard Emryson, 1490: Scriba Registri Domini Prioris Dunelm. Sanctuarium Dunelmensis et sanctuarium Beverlacense.

Richard Emereson, 1491: ibid.

Richard Empson, 1495: ibid." [1]

Early Origins of the Hemson family

The surname Hemson was first found in Yorkshire 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 Hemson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hemson research. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1510 and 1473 are included under the topic Early Hemson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hemson Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Hemson has been recorded under many different variations, including Empson, Emson and others.

Early Notables of the Hemson family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir Richard Empson or Emson (d. 1510), English statesman and lawyer, "son of Peter Empson of Towcester, Northamptonshire, and Elizabeth, his wife. The father, who died...
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United States Hemson migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hemson or a variant listed above:

Hemson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Hemson, who arrived in Maryland in 1658 [2]
  • Nicholas Hemson, who landed in Maryland in 1668 [2]

Australia Hemson migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hemson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th April 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/england


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