Henstown History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Henstown is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family 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 Henstown family
The surname Henstown 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 Henstown family
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Henstown Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Henstown family name include Henton, Henston, Hennton, Hentone, Heanton and others.
Early Notables of the Henstown family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Henstown family
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Henstown surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Elias Henton, who sailed to Virginia in 1624; as did John Henton in 1652; Thomas Henton in 1655; Thomas Henton in 1658; Joane Henton in 1668 and Christopher Henton, in 1672..