Early Origins of the Honess family
The surname Honess was first found in Sussex
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1296 when Walter de Hunniwick held estates in that shire.
Early History of the Honess family
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Honess Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Honess has been spelled many different ways, including Hunwicks, Hunicks, Huniss, Honers, Honners, Honess, Honness, Honicks, Honix and many more.
Early Notables of the Honess family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Honess family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Honesss to arrive in North America:
Honess Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Charles H. Honess, who arrived in Allegheny Co. Pennsylvania in 1895
- John George Honess, who settled in Florida in 1896
Contemporary Notables of the name Honess (post 1700)
- Peter Honess (b. 1945), award-winning British film editor