Henning History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient and distinguished German surname Henning is derived from "Henneke," a diminutive of the enormously popular given name Johannes. The Low German suffix -ing indicates "son of"; thus, the progenitor of the name was likely the son of someone who was known as Henneke.

Early Origins of the Henning family

The surname Henning was first found in East Prussia, where the family came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as numerous branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some of which were located in other countries. Through the acquisition of these estates as well as their important contributions to society, the family successfully elevated their social status. The name was first found in Courland were they were raised to be cavaliers in 1566.

Early History of the Henning family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Henning research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1814 and 1862 are included under the topic Early Henning History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Henning Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Hennin, Henning, Hennig (Silesia), Henegar, Henninger, Henniger, Hienegar, Henigger, Henningsen and many more.

Early Notables of the Henning family (pre 1700)

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United States Henning migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Henning Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Henning, who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • William Henning who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Richard Henning, who landed in Maryland in 1673 [1]
Henning Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Henning, who settled in Maryland in 1731
  • Hans Michel Henning, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1731 [1]
  • Thomas Henning, who arrived in Maryland in 1740 [1]
  • Hieronimus Henning, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743 [1]
  • Paul Henning, who arrived in New York city in 1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Henning Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hugh Henning, who landed in New York in 1801 [1]
  • Hugh Henning, who arrived in New York city in 1801
  • Fredk Henning, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]
  • Matthew Henning, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1806 [1]
  • Michael Henning, aged 26, who arrived in America in 1821 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Henning migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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
  • William Henning, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Contemporary Notables of the name Henning (post 1700) +

  • Brigadier-General Frank Andrew Jr. Henning (1896-1983), American Deputy Commanding General XVIII Airborne Corps (1954) [2]
  • Paul Henning (1911-2005), American Academy Award and three-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated television producer and writer best known for The Beverly Hillbillies
  • Megan Henning (b. 1978), American actress
  • Anne Henning (b. 1955), American Olympic speed skater
  • Edward Julius Henning (b. 1868), American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1910-11 [3]
  • David A. Henning, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Macomb County 2nd District, 1961 [3]
  • D. W. Henning, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1884 [3]
  • Clarence A. Henning, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 5th District, 1923 [3]
  • Carol L. Henning, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1972 [3]
  • Arthur L. Henning, American Democrat politician, Member of Wisconsin Democratic State Central Committee, 1944-54; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 1948, 1952 [3]
  • ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bismarck
  • Werner Henning (1918-1941), German Maschinenmaat who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [4]
  • Hans Henning (1913-1941), German Feldwebel who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [4]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 12) Frank Henning. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Henning/Frank_Andrew_Jr./USA.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details


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