Henchmant History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Henchmant is an old Anglo-Saxon name that was given to a person who was a groom, squire, or page. The surname Henchmant 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 Henchmant family

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

Early History of the Henchmant family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Henchmant 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 Henchmant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Henchmant 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. Henchmant has been recorded under many different variations, including Henchman, Hensman, Hinxman, Hinchman, Hincksman and many more.

Early Notables of the Henchmant 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 Henchmant family

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 Henchmant or a variant listed above: 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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