Honywode History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Honywode family

The surname Honywode 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.

Important Dates for the Honywode family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Honywode research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1106, 1548, 1455, 1487, 1604, 1619, 1625, 1632, 1743, 1586, 1666, 1654, 1656, 1601, 1686, 1659, 1677 and 1752 are included under the topic Early Honywode History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Honywode Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Honywode family name include Honeywood, Honiwood, Huniwood, Honywood, Hunywood and many more.

Early Notables of the Honywode family (pre 1700)

Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Honywode Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Honywode family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Honywode surname or a spelling variation of the name include: John Honywood, who arrived in America in 1638-1639; Philip Honywood, who settled in Virginia in 1649; Hen Honywood, who settled in Virginia in 1670; Wel Honywood, who arrived in Virginia in 1675.

Citations

  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
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