Heningford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Heningford family

The surname Heningford was first found in Norfolk where the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Hevingham, held by Godric, a Norman noble, from Walter Gifford who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. Godric had a priest who also held 4 acres of the holding for which he promised to sing three masses in any one week.

Walter de Hemingford or Hemingburgh (fl. 1300), also called Walter de Gisburn, chronicler, was an Austin canon, and afterwards sub-prior of St. Mary's, Gisburn, Yorkshire. "There is no doubt that Hemingburgh is the correct form of the name; it is the one given in Lansdowne MS. 239, which is one of the earliest and best copies of the chronicle, in the Register of Archbishop Corbridge, and in a volume of sermons presented by him to his priory church." [1]

Early History of the Heningford family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heningford research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1273, 1414, 1471, 1547, 1578, 1603, 1619 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Heningford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Heningford Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Heveningham, Heningham, Henington, Heningthon, Hemington, Hemmington, Hennington, Henningham, Heningford, Henningford, Hemmingford and many more.

Early Notables of the Heningford family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Heningford family

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Heningford or a variant listed above: John Hemmington, who came to Virginia in 1587; S. Hemmington, who came to San Francisco in 1851; and Hermon Hemington, who arrived in Kansas in 1900.



  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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