Show ContentsHensel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hensel is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived in Henshaw in Northumberland, or in the settlement of Henshaw in Prestbury, which is in the county of Cheshire. [1]

Of the two, the Northumberland township is the oldest dating back to the 12th century when it was known as Hedeneshalch. [2]

Early Origins of the Hensel family

The surname Hensel was first found in Northumberland at Henshaw, a township, in the parish and union of Haltwhistle, W. division of Tindale ward. [3] The first record of the family was actually found in Cumberland (Cumbria) where Peter de Henschal was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of 1332. Later, Richard de Henneshagh was found in Cheshire in 1365. [4]

Henshaw Hall in the parish of Siddington in Cheshire East dates back to at least 1674. This two storey hall was once held by the Henshaw family, but is now a farmhouse.

Early History of the Hensel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hensel research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1608, 1614, 1618, 1621, 1624, 1628, 1631, 1635, 1639, 1663, 1673, 1679 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Hensel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hensel Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Hensel has been recorded under many different variations, including Henshaw, Henshall, Henshawe and others.

Early Notables of the Hensel family

Notables of the family at this time include Nathaniel Henshaw (1628-c.1673) Original Fellow, Royal Society in May 5th, 1663. He was the younger son of Benjamin Henshaw, 'one of the captains of the city of London,' who died 4 Dec. 1631. [5] Joseph Henshaw (1608-1679), was Bishop of Peterborough from 1663 until his death. He was the son of Thomas Henshaw, solicitor-general of Ireland. His grandfather, William Henshaw of Worth in Sussex, was descended from an old Cheshire family, resident at Henshaw Hall, in the parish of Siddington, near Congleton. He was one of the...
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Hensel Ranking

In the United States, the name Hensel is the 8,734th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [6]

United States Hensel migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hensel or a variant listed above:

Hensel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Philip Wendel Hensel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748 [7]
  • Michel Hensel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 [7]
  • Christian Tobias Hensel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752 [7]
Hensel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jacob Hensel, who landed in North America in 1838 [7]
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Hensel, who arrived in America in 1839 [7]
  • Carl Hensel, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [7]
  • Eugene A Hensel, who landed in Minnesota in 1871 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hensel (post 1700) +

  • Karen Hensel (b. 1948), American film and television actress
  • Bruce Hensel, American Emmy Award-winning medical, health and science reporter
  • M. W. Hensel, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1916 [8]
  • George W. Hensel Jr., American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1928 [8]
  • Edward R. Hensel, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Delaware, 1952 [8]
  • Clarence Hensel, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1924 [8]
  • Paul Hugo Hensel (1860-1930), German philosopher
  • Kurt Wilhelm Sebastian Hensel (1861-1941), German mathematician and professor at the University of Marburg until 1930

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  2. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  6. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  7. 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)
  8. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from on Facebook