Show ContentsHeningham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Heningham surname is most likely taken from the name of a village in England called Hevingham, near the city of Norwich in Norfolk county, but there are other towns of similar names in England. The Saxon word "Ham" meant "village," and the Old Norse word "Hami" similarly referred to "homestead." It is the suffix -ham that leads one to believe that Heningham was originally a habitation name.

Early Origins of the Heningham family

The surname Heningham was first found in Norfolk at Hevingham, a village and civil parish in the union of Aylsham, hundred of South Erpingham. The first record of the place name was found in the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was listed as Heuincham [1] and literally meant "homestead of the family or followers of a man called Hefa," from the Old English personal name + "-inga" + "ham." [2]

"Hevingham formerly belonged to the bishops of Norwich, one of whom, Walter de Suffield, in 1250 built a palace here, no trace of which now remains. " [3]

Early History of the Heningham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heningham research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1498, 1601, 1414, 1547, 1604, 1678, 1640, 1653, 1604, 1577 and 1633 are included under the topic Early Heningham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Heningham Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Heningham include Heningham, Henyngham, Hevenyngham, Heveningham, Henygham, Henningham and many more.

Early Notables of the Heningham family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir John Hevenyngham, who was knighted in 1414 at Bury St. Edmunds Sir John Henyngham was knighted at the Tower of London by King Edward IV Sir Anthony Henygham was knighted in 1547 by King Edward VI; and William Heveningham (1604-1678), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from...
Another 58 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heningham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Heningham family to Ireland

Some of the Heningham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Heningham family

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Heningham or a variant listed above: Jacob Hevingh, who arrived in New York in 1646; William Henning who settled in Virginia in 1654; Paul Henning, who arrived in New York city in 1750; Thomas Henning, who came to Maryland in 1731.

Contemporary Notables of the name Heningham (post 1700) +

  • Richard Heningham, American builder in New York city in the late 19th century, responsible for many of the famous architectural structures located in Brooklyn. Interestingly, the name Heningham has become a first name in the Southern United States

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. on Facebook