Henkend History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Henkend is tied to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England. It comes 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 Henkend family

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

Important Dates for the Henkend family

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

Henkend Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Henkend has undergone many spelling variations, including Hankin, Hankins, Hanking, Hankinson, Hanken and others.

Early Notables of the Henkend family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Henkend family

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Henkend were among those contributors: 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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