The ancestors of the bearers of the Heyan family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in the parish of Heene, which is now part of Worthing in the county of Sussex
. The surname Heyan belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The surname Heyan may also be derived from the personal name Henry.
Early Origins of the Heyan family
The surname Heyan was first found in Sussex
, where evidence suggests they held a family seat
before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Heyan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heyan research.Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1639, 1708, 1673 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Heyan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Heyan Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Heyan include Hen, Henn, Henne, Heene, Hene and others.
Early Notables of the Heyan family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Hugh Henn, page of the bedchamber to James I and Charles I, and later appointed Keeper of the Queen's Garden, Greenwich in 1639; and his son, Henry Hene (or Henn) (died 1708), an English-born judge who became Chief... Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heyan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Heyan family to Ireland
Some of the Heyan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 55 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Heyan family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Heyan or a variant listed above: John George Henn, who sailed to America in 1740; John Peter Henn to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1744; Henn family to America in 1763; Barbara, John and Nicholas Hen to Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1764.