Hensin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Hensin is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in either of the parishes named Henton, in the counties of Oxfordshire and Somerset.
The Oxfordshire liberty dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was first listed as Hentone.  The Somerset parish actually dates back further to Saxon times when it was known as Hentun in 1065. Both literally meant "farmstead where hens are kept," from the Old English "henn" + "tun." 
Early Origins of the Hensin family
The surname Hensin was first found in Hampshire where Adam de Henton was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1200. Later, Laurence de Henton was found in the Assize Rolls of Somerset in 1258. 
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had two listings of the family: William de Henton, Oxfordshire; and Alex, de Henton, Somerset. 
Again in Somerset, we found two more early entries for the family: Hugh de Hentone; and Walter de Hentone, both were listed 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) 
Simon Henton or Heinton (fl. 1360), Dominican, was born at Henton, near Winchester, became a Dominican friar, and eventually provincial of the order in England. 
Early History of the Hensin family
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Hensin Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Hensin has been spelled many different ways, including Henton, Henston, Hennton, Hentone, Heanton and others.
Early Notables of the Hensin family (pre 1700)
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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hensins to arrive in North America:
Hensin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century