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Where did the English Henn family come from? What is the English Henn family crest and coat of arms? When did the Henn family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Henn family history?

The history of the Henn family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in the parish of Heene, which is now part of Worthing in the county of Sussex. The surname Henn belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The surname Henn may also be derived from the personal name Henry.


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 Henn include Hen, Henn, Henne, Heene, Hene and others.

First found in Sussex, where evidence suggests they held a family seat before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Henn research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1639, 1708, 1673 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Henn History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 161 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Henn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Henn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 55 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Henn or a variant listed above:

Henn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Derrick Henn, who landed in Virginia in 1653

Henn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joh Georg Henn, who landed in New York in 1709-1710
  • Lorance Henn, aged 56, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • John George Henn, who sailed to America in 1740
  • Johann Peter Henn, who landed in America in 1741
  • Joh Jacob Henn, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1744

Henn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Henn, aged 30, arrived in Missouri in 1846
  • Gottfried Henn, aged 38, landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • Joh Christian Henn, who arrived in America in 1851
  • Phil Gottfr Henn, who arrived in America in 1853
  • George Henn to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1854

Henn Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. William Henn U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 406 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York


  • Bernhart Henn (1817-1865), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Iowa 1st District, 1851-55
  • Sean Michael Henn (b. 1981), American professional baseball pitcher
  • Carrie Henn (b. 1976), American Young Artist Award nominated actress for her role in Aliens (1986)
  • Bernhart Henn (1817-1865), American lawyer, businessman and politician, two-term Democratic U.S. Representative from Iowa's 1st congressional district
  • Harry G Henn, American Edward Cornell Professor of Law, and faculty member, 195385
  • Albert W Henn, leading American manufacturing executive and philanthropist
  • Thomas Rice Henn (1901-1974), English literary critic, Professor of English at the University of Cambridge
  • Sir Sydney Herbert Holcroft Henn (1861-1936), English politician, Conservative Party Member of Parliament for Blackburn from 1922 to 1929
  • Reverend Canon Percy Umfreville Henn (1865-1955), English-born, Australian clergyman, missionary and teacher
  • Mrs. Edith Mabel Henn (d. 1915), Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered



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The Henn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Henn Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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