Origins Available: English, Irish
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, Hony 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 Hony family
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.
Early History of the Hony family
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Hony Spelling Variations
hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Hony are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Hony include: Honey, Hony, Honea and others.
Early Notables of the Hony family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hony family to Ireland
Some of the Hony family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Hony family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Hony or a variant listed above:
Hony Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Hony Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Hony 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: Progredere ne regredere
Motto Translation: Advance, do not recede.
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