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The surname Honeychurch was first found in Devon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Honychurch, Walter, a Norman noble, from Baldwin the Sheriff of Devon who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Honychurch, Honeychurch, Huneychurch, Hunichurch, Honichurch and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Honeychurch research. Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1242, 1359, 1510, 1600, and 1642 are included under the topic Early Honeychurch History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Honeychurch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Honeychurch or a variant listed above:

Honeychurch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Annie Honeychurch, aged 19, who emigrated to America, in 1892

Honeychurch Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • William Honeychurch, aged 48, who landed in America from Liskeard, in 1901
  • Charles Honeychurch, aged 4, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Ada Honeychurch, aged 44, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Leslie Honeychurch, aged 47, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Mary Jane Honeychurch, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States from Clayton-le-Moor, in 1904

Honeychurch Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Philip H. Honeychurch, aged 44, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Sumner"


  • Klint Honeychurch, American graphic designer, game designer, programmer, and writer


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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The Honeychurch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Honeychurch Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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