Hensberray History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Hensberray name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in the parish of Hanbury in Staffordshire, Herefordshire or Worcestershire; or in Handborough, a parish in Oxfordshire. Hanbury literally means "high or chief fortified place," from the Old English words "heah" + "burh." The Staffordshire parish dates back to c.1185 when it was first listed as Hambury. The Herefordshire and Worcestershire parishes date back to Saxon times as Heanburh c. 765 and later were listed in the Domesday Book of 1086  as Hambyrie. Handbourgh literally means "hill of a man called Hagena of Hana," from the Old English personal name + "beorg." In this case, it was listed in the Domesday Book as Haneberge. 
Early Origins of the Hensberray family
The surname Hensberray was first found in Oxfordshire where in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, we found Walter de Haneber, or Haneberowe; and Robert de Haneberge listed at that time. The Testa de Nevill, sive Liber Feodorum Roll that was taken during the reigns of Henry III-Edward I., Richard de Hanburgh was listed in Northamptonshire; Alex, de Haneburgo was in Staffordshire; and John de Haneber was listed in Oxfordshire. Kirby's Quest listed Thomas de Haneberwe and John de Haneberwe in Somerset in the first year of Edward III reign.  Years later, Phillip de Handbury was listed as rector of Wells, Norfolk in 1327. 
Later the Hanbury family held estates in Church Langton, Leicestershire where "the church is an ancient and stately structure in the decorated English style, of remarkably light and elegant design. The Rev. William Hanbury, for many years incumbent of the parish, and remarkable for his benevolence, and his taste for the cultivation of trees, of which he had extensive plantations, in 1767 bequeathed the profits arising from his nurseries at different periods, to trustees, for the erection of a splendid church in the parish, and for the endowment of colleges, schools, hospitals, and literary and charitable institutions of every description."  By 1837, these funds had realized over £6,421 since 1773 and is a trust that is still earning funds today.
Early History of the Hensberray family
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Hensberray Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Hensberray has undergone many spelling variations, including Hanbury, Hanby, Hinsbury, Hanbrogh, Hanbery and many more.
Early Notables of the Hensberray family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: John Hanbury (1574-1658), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Gloucester (1628-1629), supported the Royalist cause in the English Civil War; John...
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Migration of the Hensberray family
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hensberray were among those contributors: Daniel Hanbury settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635; Nicholas Hanbury arrived in Barbados in 1680; William Hanbury settled in Boston in 1631; Richard Hanby settled in Barbados in 1634.
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- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.