Show ContentsHenness History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient roots of the Henness family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Henness comes from when the family lived in the parish of Heene, which is now part of Worthing in the county of Sussex. The surname Henness 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 Henness may also be derived from the personal name Henry.

Early Origins of the Henness family

The surname Henness was first found in Sussex, where evidence suggests they held a family seat before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Henness family

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Henness Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Henness has appeared include Hen, Henn, Henne, Heene, Hene and others.

Early Notables of the Henness family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Hugh Henn, page of the bedchamber to James I and Charles I, and later appointed Keeper of the Queen's Garden, Greenwich in 1639; and his son, Henry Hene (or Henn) (died 1708), an English-born judge who became Chief...
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Ireland Migration of the Henness family to Ireland

Some of the Henness family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Henness migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Henness arrived in North America very early:

Henness Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ethie Henness, aged 45, who landed in America, in 1910
  • P. J. Henness, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Peter Henness, aged 55, who settled in America, in 1910
  • George Henness, aged 52, who immigrated to the United States, in 1914

Contemporary Notables of the name Henness (post 1700) +

  • Louise A. Henness, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Arizona, 1968 [1]

  1. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from on Facebook