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Honeywill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Honeywill history begins in Cornwall, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England. Quite distinct from Devon, the adjoining county, Cornwall had its own spoken language until the late 18th century. The Honeywill history began here. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames were derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Unlike most Celtic peoples, who favored patronymic names, the Cornish predominantly used local surnames. The Honeywill family originally lived in Devon. Their name however, is derived from the Old English words hunig and welle, which means honey and well, respectively, and indicates that the original bearer lived near a spring or well where there was an abundance of honeycombs.

Early Origins of the Honeywill family

The surname Honeywill was first found in Devon, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Honeywill family

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Honeywill Spelling Variations

Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Honeywell, Honeywill, Honnywill, Honiwell and many more.

Early Notables of the Honeywill family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Honeywill family to the New World and Oceana

Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Honeywill:

Honeywill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • R. Honeywill, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892

Honeywill Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Algernon Tom Honeywill, aged 21, who settled in America from Bristol, in 1906
  • Constantine Honeywill, aged 42, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1906
  • Queenie M. Honeywill, aged 8, who landed in America from Bristol, England, in 1921
  • Fred Honeywill, aged 31, who emigrated to America, in 1923
  • Thomas Leslie Honeywill, aged 12, who landed in America from Bristol, England, in 1923
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Contemporary Notables of the name Honeywill (post 1700)

  • Brigadier General Thomas W. Honeywill (b. 1938), American Commander of the Space and Missile Test Organization, Vandenberg Air Force Base, responsible for overseeing the development of the stealth fighter, the stealth bomber, and was in charge of the aerial defense strategy otherwise known as "Star Wars"
  • Greer Honeywill (b. 1945), Australian conceptual artist from Adelaide
  • Ross Honeywill (b. 1949), Australian social scientist and author from Brisbane

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