Hendleigh History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Hendleigh family

The surname Hendleigh was first found in Kent where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that county.

Early History of the Hendleigh family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hendleigh research. Another 97 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1605, 1499, 1550, 1542, 1637, 1675, 1691, 1724, 1691 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Hendleigh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hendleigh Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Hendleigh were recorded, including Hednley, Hendlie, Hendlee, Hendlea, Hentley, Hentleigh, Hendleigh, Hentlea, Hentlee, Hendeley and many more.

Early Notables of the Hendleigh family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Walter Hendley (1499-1550), of Cranbrook, Kent and Gray's Inn, London, an English politician for Canterbury, Kent in 1542; Sir Thomas Hendley, High Sheriff of Kent in 1637; Sir Walter Hendley, 1st Baronet of Cuckfield, Sussex (died 1675). William Hendley (1691?-1724), was an English...
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Migration of the Hendleigh family

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Hendleigh family emigrate to North America: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

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