Hemsted History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Hemsted name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in Suffolk. The surname Hemsted 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 Hemsted family

The surname Hemsted 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.

Important Dates for the Hemsted family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hemsted research. Another 72 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1350 are included under the topic Early Hemsted History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hemsted Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Hemsted has undergone many spelling variations, including Hemstead, Hampstead, Hempstead, Hemsted and others.

Early Notables of the Hemsted family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Hemsted Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hemsted family

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hemsted were among those contributors: Robert Hempstead who settled in New London Conn. in 1630; John Hempstead arrived in New England in 1777; Richard Hemstead settled in Virginia in 1652..

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