Hentleigh History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Hentleigh family
The surname Hentleigh was first found in Kent where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that county.
Early History of the Hentleigh family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hentleigh research. Another 97 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1605, 1499, 1550, 1542, 1637, 1675, 1691, 1724, 1691 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Hentleigh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hentleigh 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. Hentleigh has been spelled many different ways, including Hednley, Hendlie, Hendlee, Hendlea, Hentley, Hentleigh, Hendleigh, Hentlea, Hentlee, Hendeley and many more.
Early Notables of the Hentleigh family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Walter Hendley (1499-1550), of Cranbrook, Kent and Gray's Inn, London, an English politician for Canterbury, Kent in 1542; Sir Thomas Hendley, High Sheriff of Kent in 1637; Sir Walter Hendley, 1st Baronet of Cuckfield, Sussex (died 1675).
William Hendley (1691?-1724), was an English...
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Migration of the Hentleigh family
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 Hentleighs to arrive in North America: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..