The Henyngham surname is most likely taken from the name of a village in England
called Hevingham, near the city of Norwich in Norfolk
county, but there are other towns of similar names in England
. The Saxon word "Ham" meant village', and the Old Norse word "Hami" similarly referred to 'homestead'. It is the suffix ham that leads one to believe that Henyngham was originally a habitation name.
Early Origins of the Henyngham family
The surname Henyngham was first found in Norfolk
at Hevingham, a village and civil parish in the union of Aylsham, hundred
of South Erpingham. The first record of the place name was found in the Domesday Book
of 1086 when it was listed as Heuincham CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and literally meant "homestead of the family or followers of a man called Hefa," from the Old English personal name
+ "-inga" + "ham." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
"Hevingham formerly belonged to the bishops of Norwich, one of whom, Walter de Suffield, in 1250 built a palace here, no trace of which now remains. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Henyngham family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Henyngham research.Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1498, 1601, 1414, 1547, 1604, 1678, 1640 and 1653 are included under the topic Early Henyngham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Henyngham 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. Henyngham has been recorded under many different variations, including Heningham, Henyngham, Hevenyngham, Heveningham, Henygham, Henningham and many more.
Early Notables of the Henyngham family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir John Hevenyngham, who was knighted in 1414 at Bury St. Edmunds; Sir John Henyngham who was knighted at the Tower of London by King Edward IV; Sir Anthony Henygham was knighted in 1547 by King Edward... Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Henyngham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Henyngham family to Ireland
Some of the Henyngham family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
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Migration of the Henyngham family to the New World and Oceana
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 Henyngham or a variant listed above: Jacob Hevingh, who arrived in New York in 1646; William Henning who settled in Virginia in 1654; Paul Henning, who arrived in New York city in 1750; Thomas Henning, who came to Maryland in 1731.