The surname Honea is Anglo-Saxon
in origin. It is derived from the Old English "hunig," meaning "honey," and was used to refer to someone who gathered or sold honey, or to someone who kept bees. Alternatively, Honea was a Middle English term of endearment, meaning "sweetheart" or "darling," and may have evolved from nickname
to surname during the Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Honea family
The surname Honea was first found in Worcestershire
at the end of the 13th century. The origins of the surname make it likely that several branches of the family emerged independently during this period. The earliest record of the name dates back to 1275, when Geoffrey Hony was recorded in the Subsidy Rolls
Early History of the Honea family
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Honea Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Honea family name include Honey, Hony, Honea and others.
Early Notables of the Honea family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Honea family to Ireland
Some of the Honea family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Honea family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Honea surname or a spelling variation of the name include: James Honey, who settled in Virginia in 1704; as did Mary Hony in 1724; John Honey, who immigrated to Annapolis, Maryland in 1726; George Honey, who was naturalized in Maryland in 1753.
Contemporary Notables of the name Honea (post 1700)
- Thomas Carlton Honea (b. 1884), American prominent surgeon from Texas
- Robert Honea (b. 1972), American professional baseball player
- Kenneth Honea, American Associate Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Northern Illinois University
- Heather Honea, American Assistant Professor of Marketing at San Diego State University
The Honea Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Progredere ne regredere
Motto Translation: Advance, do not recede.