Hennage is one of the names that was brought to England
in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Hennage family lived in Lincolnshire
, where the family were lords of the manor of Hainton.
Early Origins of the Hennage family
The surname Hennage was first found in Lincolnshire
where they were Lords of the manor of Hainton, and Sir Robert de Heneage received a grant from Robert Blaoet who was Chancellor to King William Rufus. He was succeeded by John de Heneage, then Walter de Heneage, William de Heneage, and to John de Heneage who was possessed of the manor of Heneage. Today, Hainton is a village and civil parish in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire
, but this local
dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 when it was listed as Haintone CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and literally meant "farmstead in an enclosure," from the Old English words "haegen" + "tun." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Hainton Hall has been the seat of the Heneage family since the reign of Henry III. The present hall was built in 1638 with later additions. The parish of Six-Hills in Lincolnshire
has another early reference to the family. "A Gilbertine priory of nuns and canons, in honour of the Blessed Virgin, was founded here by one Grella or Greslei, and at the Dissolution had a revenue of £170. 8. 9.; the site was granted to Sir Thomas Heneage." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Hennage family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hennage research.Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1447, 1533, 1595, 1553, 1559, 1563, 1556, 1634 and 1628 are included under the topic Early Hennage History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hennage Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hennage include Heanage, Heneage, Henage, Heenage and others.
Early Notables of the Hennage family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Thomas Heneage (1533-1595), who resided at Hainton Hall served as Vice Chamberlain to Queen Elizabeth I, Member of Parliament for Stamford... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hennage Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hennage family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Hennages to arrive on North American shores: Robert Heenage who landed in North America in 1709; and John Heneage, who settled in Cuba in 1855.
Contemporary Notables of the name Hennage (post 1700)
- Joseph Howard Hennage (1921-2010), American printer, publisher, and American antiques collector, eponym of the Hennage Auditorium, Williamsburg, Virginia
The Hennage Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Toujours firme
Motto Translation: Always firm.