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Hen is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Hen family once lived in the parish of Heene, which is now part of Worthing in the county of Sussex. The surname Hen belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The surname Hen may also be derived from the personal name Henry.

Hen Early Origins



The surname Hen was first found in Sussex, where evidence suggests they held a family seat before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Hen Spelling Variations


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Hen 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 Hen family name include Hen, Henn, Henne, Heene, Hene and others.

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Hen Early History


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Hen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hen research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1639, 1708, 1673 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Hen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hen Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Hugh Henn, page of the bedchamber to James I and Charles I, and later appointed Keeper of the Queen's Garden, Greenwich in 1639; and his son, Henry Hene (or Henn) (died 1708), an English-born judge who became Chief...

Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hen In Ireland


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Hen In Ireland



Some of the Hen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 55 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Hen surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Hen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Nickel Hen, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1744
  • Leonhart Hen, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Barbara, John and Nicholas Hen to Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1764
  • Philip Hen, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • Simon Hen, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Paul Carl Hen to Philadelphia in 1803 with his wife, William Henne came to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1835

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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    The Hen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hen 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.

    This page was last modified on 11 September 2013 at 16:01.

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