Hensly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Hensly family

The surname Hensly was first found in Devon at Hensley, but we must look far to the north in Yorkshire to find the first listing of the family. For it is there that John de Henselay was listed in the Subsidy Rolls in 1297. [1]

Early History of the Hensly family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hensly research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1662, 1510, 1600, 1080, 1163, 1455, 1487, 1616 and 1540 are included under the topic Early Hensly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hensly 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 Hensly has undergone many spelling variations, including Hensley, Hensleigh, Henslie, Henslea, Ensley, Ensleigh, Ensly and many more.

Early Notables of the Hensly family (pre 1700)

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United States Hensly migration to the United States +

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 Hensly were among those contributors:

Hensly Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Hensly, who landed in Virginia in 1654 [2]


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ 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)


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