Honywold History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Honywold family
The surname Honywold was first found in Kent at "Henewood, near Postling where the ancestors of this family resided as early as the reign of Henry III. "  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 Honywold family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Honywold 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 Honywold History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Honywold Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Honywold include Honeywood, Honiwood, Huniwood, Honywood, Hunywood and many more.
Early Notables of the Honywold family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Honywold family
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Honywold were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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.
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