Henchghan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Henchghan can be traced back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a name for a groom, squire, or page. The surname Henchghan is derived from the Old English words hengest, which means stallion, and mann, which means groom or servant. The latter word acquired its meaning of squire or page of honor in later times, in other words "an attendant upon a nobleman or personage of high distinction." [1]

Early Origins of the Henchghan family

The surname Henchghan was first found in Northamptonshire near Seagrove, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the Henchghan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Henchghan research. Another 50 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1592, 1675, 1592, 1669, 1739, 1669, 1684, 1691, 1694 and 1702 are included under the topic Early Henchghan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Henchghan Spelling Variations

Henchghan has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Henchghan have been found, including Henchman, Hensman, Hinxman, Hinchman, Hincksman and many more.

Early Notables of the Henchghan family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Humphrey Henchman (1592-1675), who was Bishop of Salisbury and later of London. He was "the third son of Thomas Henchman, skinner, of the city of London, by his wife Anne Griffiths, daughter of Robert Griffiths of Carnarvon, was born at Barton Seagrove, Northamptonshire, in the house of Owen Owens, the rector of the parish, whose wife...
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Migration of the Henchghan family

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Henchghans to arrive on North American shores: Daniel Henchman, who sailed to Boston, Massachusetts in 1635; Richard Hensman, who came to Barbados in 1664; Anne Hinxman who came to Maryland in 1677.



  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


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