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Early Origins of the Honeywood family

The surname Honeywood was first found in Kent at "Henewood, near Postling where the ancestors of this family resided as early as the reign of Henry III." [1] The family name was first referenced in the 12th century when they held a family seat at Honywood, Elmsted, and Lenham.

Early History of the Honeywood family

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Honeywood 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 Honeywood include Honeywood, Honiwood, Huniwood, Honywood, Hunywood and many more.

Early Notables of the Honeywood family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • Sir Thomas Honeywood (1586-1666), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1654 and 1656. An elder half-brother Robert inherited from the father Charing and his Kent estate, Thomas tak...
  • Sir Robert Honeywood (c. 1601-1686), was an English politician from Charing, Kent, Member of Parliament for New Romney in 1659; and Sir Philip Honywood (c.1677-1752), army officer


United States Honeywood 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 Honeywood or a variant listed above:

Honeywood Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Sir Philip Honeywood, who arrived in Virginia in 1649 [2]
Honeywood Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Arthur Honeywood, who arrived in Maryland in 1774

Australia Honeywood migration to Australia +

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

Honeywood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Honeywood, British Convict who was convicted in Lancaster, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 25th April 1840, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [3]
  • Mr. James Honeywood, (b. 1809), aged 31, English ploughman who was convicted in Suffolk, England for 15 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Duncan" on 10th December 1840, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1842 [4]


The Honeywood Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Omne bonum desuper
Motto Translation: Every good is from above.


  1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. 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)
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1840
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th August 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/duncan


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