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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.
The surname Henn was first found in Sussex, where evidence suggests they held a family seat before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
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.
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
Henn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Henn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Henn Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
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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