Honeychurch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Honeychurch family

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.

Early History of the Honeychurch family

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Honeychurch Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Honeychurch family (pre 1700)

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United States Honeychurch migration to the United States +

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
  • Mrs. Anna Maria Honeychurch, (b. 1821), aged 28, Cornish settler departing from Penzance aboard the ship "Cornwall" arriving in the United States on 23rd August 1849 [2]
  • Miss Anna Maria Honeychurch, (b. 1840), aged 9, Cornish settler departing from Penzance aboard the ship "Cornwall" arriving in the United States on 23rd August 1849 [2]
  • Miss Eliza Ann Honeychurch, (b. 1842), aged 7, Cornish settler departing from Penzance aboard the ship "Cornwall" arriving in the United States on 23rd August 1849 [2]
  • Miss Mary Jane Honeychurch, (b. 1847), aged 2, Cornish settler departing from Penzance aboard the ship "Cornwall" arriving in the United States on 23rd August 1849 [2]
  • Annie Honeychurch, aged 19, who immigrated 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
  • Mr. William Honeychurch, (b. 1853), aged 48, Cornish grocer from St. Day, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Oceanic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 11th September 1901 en route to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA [3]
  • 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Honeychurch migration to Australia +

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

Honeychurch Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Philip H. Honeychurch, aged 44, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Sumner"

New Zealand Honeychurch 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:

Honeychurch Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Clara Honeychurch, (b. 1860), aged 18, Cornish general servant departing on 29th August 1878 aboard the ship "Waitara" going to Bluff or Otago, New Zealand arriving in port on 3rd December 1878 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Honeychurch (post 1700) +

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


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to New York 1820 - 1891 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_new_york_1820_1891.pdf
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_ellis_island_1892_on.pdf
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf


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