Hesham is a name of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from the son of Heysham.
In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest
which meant son,
were the most common patronymic
suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius,
which meant son.
By the 14th century, the suffix son
had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius
were more common in the north of England
and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.
Early Origins of the Hesham family
The surname Hesham was first found in Lancashire
, at Heysham, a coastal village near Lancaster. The village dates back to the Domesday Book CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
when it was listed there as Hessam derived from the Old English words haes + ham and meant "homestead or village among the brushwood" CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Under the Normans
, the manor of Heysham, was held by the service of cornage, where the lord was bound by his tenure to meet the king on the borders of the county, with his horn and a white wand, introducing him into the county, and attending him on his departure. Today the village is a thriving community, but historically the ancient St. Patrick's Chapel, close to St. Peter's Church holds stone graves in the ruins and is home to many Saxon and Viking remains. The church itself contains an ancient Viking hogback stone. According to legend, St. Patrick landed here after crossing from Ireland
and established the chapel.
Early History of the Hesham family
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Hesham Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hesham have been found, including Heysham, Haysom, Hessam, Heshen and others.
Early Notables of the Hesham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hesham family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Hesham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Celia Hesham, aged 21, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Coromandel" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Tuesday 9th January 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Coromandel 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/coromandel1855.shtml