Hemstreet is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in Suffolk
. The surname Hemstreet 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 Hemstreet family
The surname Hemstreet 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 Hemstreet family
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Hemstreet Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hemstreet family name include Hemstead, Hampstead, Hempstead, Hemsted and others.
Early Notables of the Hemstreet family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hemstreet family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Hemstreet surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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..
Contemporary Notables of the name Hemstreet (post 1700)
- Marcus C. Hemstreet, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1928