Hepinghame is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Hepinghame family lived in Norfolk
. The name, however, derives from the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066, Herpingham,
Early Origins of the Hepinghame family
The surname Hepinghame was first found in Norfolk
where they were conjecturally descended from Roger Bigod, one of the most distinguished of all Norman nobles, who was granted the lands by King William, Duke of Normandy
after the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D, and was a junior branch of the Bigots. The village of Erpingham or anciently Herpincham consisted largely of a church and cottages, and was recorded in the Domesday Book
in 1086. "The church, which is in the decorated and later English styles, with a lofty embattled tower, was repaired in 1841; in the south aisle is a brass effigy of a knight in armour, to the memory of Sir John de Erpingham, a great contributor towards the erection of the church." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Hepinghame family
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Hepinghame Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Erpingham, Erpincham, Herpingham, Herpincham, Empringham and many more.
Early Notables of the Hepinghame family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hepinghame family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hepinghame or a variant listed above: Thomas Erpingham settled in Barbados in 1685.