The Norman Conquest
in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Heneage family lived in Lincolnshire
, where the family were lords of the manor of Hainton.
Early Origins of the Heneage family
The surname Heneage was first found in Lincolnshire
where they were Lords of the manor of Hainton, and Sir Robert de Heneage received a grant from Robert Blaoet who was Chancellor to King William Rufus. He was succeeded by John de Heneage, then Walter de Heneage, William de Heneage, and to John de Heneage who was possessed of the manor of Heneage. Today, Hainton is a village and civil parish in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire
, but this local
dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 when it was listed as Haintone CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and literally meant "farmstead in an enclosure," from the Old English words "haegen" + "tun." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Hainton Hall has been the seat of the Heneage family since the reign of Henry III. The present hall was built in 1638 with later additions. The parish of Six-Hills in Lincolnshire
has another early reference to the family. "A Gilbertine priory of nuns and canons, in honour of the Blessed Virgin, was founded here by one Grella or Greslei, and at the Dissolution had a revenue of £170. 8. 9.; the site was granted to Sir Thomas Heneage." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Heneage family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heneage research.Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1447, 1533, 1595, 1553, 1559, 1563, 1556, 1634 and 1628 are included under the topic Early Heneage History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Heneage Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Heanage, Heneage, Henage, Heenage and others.
Early Notables of the Heneage family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Thomas Heneage (1533-1595), who resided at Hainton Hall served as Vice Chamberlain to Queen Elizabeth I, Member of Parliament for Stamford... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heneage Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Heneage family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Heneage or a variant listed above:
Heneage Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Heneage, who settled in Cuba in 1855
Contemporary Notables of the name Heneage (post 1700)
- Clement Walker Heneage (1831-1901), English army Captain, recipient of the Victoria Cross for heroic deeds in India
- Sir Edward Heneage (1840-1922), 1st Baron Heneage, British Liberal and Liberal Unionist politician
- Giles Heneage Radice PC (b. 1936), Baron Radice, British Labour member of the House of Lords, Chairman of the Treasury Select Committee (1977-2001), Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Science (1983-1987)
The Heneage Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Toujours firme
Motto Translation: Always firm.