Henkant History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Henkant begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name John, which was originally derived from the diminutive Johan-kin. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.

Early Origins of the Henkant family

The surname Henkant was first found in Somerset, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Important Dates for the Henkant family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Henkant research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1761 and 1602 are included under the topic Early Henkant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Henkant 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. Henkant has been recorded under many different variations, including Hankin, Hankins, Hanking, Hankinson, Hanken and others.

Early Notables of the Henkant family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Henkant 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 Henkant or a variant listed above: George Hankin, who sailed to Virginia in 1640; Richard Hankins also to Virginia in 1652; George Hankinson to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1845 and John Hanken to Philadelphia in 1856..

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