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

The Henning name is an important part of the history of the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Henning is derived from the personal name Henning or Hemming. The letters n and m were often regarded as interchangeable in the medieval records.


Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Henning were recorded, including Henning, Hening, Hennings, Hemington and others.

First found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Henning research. Another 263 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1276, 1498, and 1601 are included under the topic Early Henning History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Henning Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Henning family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Henning family emigrate to North America:

Henning Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Henning settled in Virginia in 1654
  • William Henning who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Richard Henning, who landed in Maryland in 1673

Henning Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Henning settled in Maryland in 1731
  • Thomas Henning, who came to Maryland in 1731
  • Hans Michel Henning, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1731
  • Thomas Henning, who arrived in Maryland in 1740
  • Hieronimus Henning, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743

Henning Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hugh Henning, who landed in New York in 1801
  • Hugh Henning, who arrived in New York city in 1801
  • Fredk Henning, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Matthew Henning, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Michael Henning, aged 26, arrived in America in 1821

Henning Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Barbara Henning, who arrived in Prince Edward Island in 1774

Henning Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Christian Henning, a Hessian mercenary who settled in Newfoundland after fighting in the American Revolution, Caroline Henninger, who arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1847
  • William Henning, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862


  • Anne Henning (b. 1955), American Olympic speed skater
  • Megan Henning (b. 1978), American actress
  • Paul Henning (1911-2005), American Academy Award and three-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated television producer and writer best known for The Beverly Hillbillies
  • Brigadier-General Frank Andrew Jr. Henning (1896-1983), American Deputy Commanding General XVIII Airborne Corps (1954)
  • Rachel Henning (1826-1914), English born Australian writer
  • John C Henning, Program Director, Associate Professor, and Director of Ecological Agriculture Projects at McGill University
  • Doug James Henning (1947-2000), Canadian world-famous magician, illusionist, and escape artist
  • Cameron "Cam" Henning (b. 1960), Olympic medal-winning Canadian swimmer
  • Dan Henning (b. 1942), former head coach of the Atlanta Falcons
  • Alex Henning, Academy Award winning visual effects supervisor



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The Henning Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Henning 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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