Hennington History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Hennington family

The surname Hennington was first found in Norfolk where the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Hevingham, held by Godric, a Norman noble, from Walter Gifford who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. Godric had a priest who also held 4 acres of the holding for which he promised to sing three masses in any one week.

Walter de Hemingford or Hemingburgh ( fl. 1300), also called Walter de Gisburn, chronicler, was an Austin canon, and afterwards sub-prior of St. Mary's, Gisburn, Yorkshire. "There is no doubt that Hemingburgh is the correct form of the name; it is the one given in Lansdowne MS. 239, which is one of the earliest and best copies of the chronicle, in the Register of Archbishop Corbridge, and in a volume of sermons presented by him to his priory church." [1]

Early History of the Hennington family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hennington research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1273, 1414, 1471, 1547, 1578, 1603, 1619 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Hennington History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hennington Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Hennington are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Hennington include Heveningham, Heningham, Henington, Heningthon, Hemington, Hemmington, Hennington, Henningham, Heningford, Henningford, Hemmingford and many more.

Early Notables of the Hennington family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Hennington family

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Hennington, or a variant listed above: John Hemmington, who came to Virginia in 1587; S. Hemmington, who came to San Francisco in 1851; and Hermon Hemington, who arrived in Kansas in 1900.


Contemporary Notables of the name Hennington (post 1700) +

  • Bill Hennington (b. 1964), Australian rules footballer who played with South Melbourne in 1914


  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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