Show ContentsHeveningham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Heveningham 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 Heveningham was originally a habitation name.

Early Origins of the Heveningham family

The surname Heveningham 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 [1] and literally meant "homestead of the family or followers of a man called Hefa," from the Old English personal name + "-inga" + "ham." [2]

"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. " [3]

Early History of the Heveningham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heveningham research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1498, 1601, 1414, 1547, 1604, 1678, 1640, 1653, 1604, 1577 and 1633 are included under the topic Early Heveningham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Heveningham Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Heveningham include Heningham, Henyngham, Hevenyngham, Heveningham, Henygham, Henningham and many more.

Early Notables of the Heveningham 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 was knighted at the Tower of London by King Edward IV Sir Anthony Henygham was knighted in 1547 by King Edward VI; and William Heveningham (1604-1678), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from...
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Ireland Migration of the Heveningham family to Ireland

Some of the Heveningham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Heveningham family

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: 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.

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. on Facebook