Honey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Honey 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, Honey 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 Honey family

The surname Honey 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 of Worcestershire.

Important Dates for the Honey family

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Honey 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 Honey include Honey, Hony, Honea and others.

Early Notables of the Honey family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Honey family to Ireland

Some of the Honey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Honey migration to the United States

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 Honey or a variant listed above:

Honey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Honey, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [1]
  • John Honey, who arrived in Virginia in 1741 [1]
Honey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Honey, who landed in New York, NY in 1834 [1]

Honey migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Honey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Honey, (b. 1819), aged 36, Cornish baker departing from Falmouth destined for Quebec, Canada aboard the ship "Barque John" on 3rd May 1855 which sank after striking the reef, he died in the sinking [2]
  • Mrs. Mary Honey, (b. 1824), aged 31, Cornish settler departing from Falmouth destined for Quebec, Canada aboard the ship "Barque John" on 3rd May 1855 which sank after striking the reef, she died in the sinking [2]
  • Mr. Samuel Honey, (b. 1845), aged 10, Cornish settler departing from Falmouth destined for Quebec, Canada aboard the ship "Barque John" on 3rd May 1855 which sank after striking the reef, he died in the sinking [2]
  • Miss Susan Honey, (b. 1847), aged 8, Cornish settler departing from Falmouth destined for Quebec, Canada aboard the ship "Barque John" on 3rd May 1855 which sank after striking the reef, she died in the sinking [2]
  • Miss Lucy Honey, (b. 1849), aged 6, Cornish settler departing from Falmouth destined for Quebec, Canada aboard the ship "Barque John" on 3rd May 1855 which sank after striking the reef, she died in the sinking [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Honey migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Honey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary Honey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Charles Kerr" in 1840 [3]
  • John Honey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Charles Kerr" in 1840 [3]
  • Caroline Honey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Charles Kerr" in 1840 [3]
  • Mary Honey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Theresa" in 1847 [4]
  • Kezia Honey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Theresa" in 1847 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Honey migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Honey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Honey, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840

Contemporary Notables of the name Honey (post 1700)

  • Avon R. Honey (1947-2010), American Democratic member of the Louisiana House of Representatives
  • Patrick James Honey (1922-2005), Irish-born Vietnamese language scholar and historian
  • Margaret Eva Duncan Honey (b. 1935), British linguist
  • Lieutenant Samuel Lewis Honey VC, DCM, MM (1894-1918), Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross during the First World War [5]
  • Honey Bane (b. 1964), born Donna Tracy Boylan, English singer and actress
  • Honey F. Meackeus, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1972 [6]
  • Honey M. Hervey, American politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota, 2001 [7]

Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/wreck_of_emigrant_ship_john_1855.pdf
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHARLES KERR 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840CharlesKerr.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THERESA 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Theresa.htm
  5. ^ The Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM). (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Samuel Honey. Retrieved from http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/remembers/sub.cfm?source=collections/cmdp/mainmenu/group01/cdn_vc
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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