Henney means Great and Little Henny


Henney means Great and Little Henny

 This surname of HENNEY was  a locational name ‘of Great and  Little Henny’  small places in the county  of Essex. Local names usually  denoted where a man  held his land,  and  indicated where he actually  lived. The name was  derived from the Old English  word ‘henn-ieg’ and  literally meant the dweller  by the river frequented by wild birds.  Early records of the name mention HENIER (without surname) who was  listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086  and  HENNEY (without surname) was  documented in County  Essex in the year  1185.  The name was  spelt  as HENNYE in the year  1202  and  as HENEYE in 1254.  The name was  taken to Ireland  by early settlers and  the principal  sept of this name is O’hEighnigh in Irish, important and  widespread in Oriel, formerly stretching its influence into Fermanagh. HEGNEY is a variant. Another  family of the name in Ulster were  erenaghs of Banagher in County  Derry. Minor septs of O’hEanna, also  anglicized HEANEY were  of some note  in County  Clare,  County  Limerick and  County  Mayo, up to the seventeenth century. Hereditary surnames were  originally imported from France into England during the Norman Conquest of 1066.  In the two centuries or so after the Conquest surnames were  acquired by most  families  of major landholders, and  many  landed families  of lesser importance. There

appears to have been a constant trickle of migration into Britain between about the years 1200  and

150O,  mostly from France and  the Low Countries, with a small number of migrants from Scandinavia, Germany, Italy and  the Iberian  peninsular, and  occasional individuals from further afield. During this period  groups of aliens settled in this country  as for example, the Germans who from the late 15th century onwards settled in Cumbria to work the metal  mines. Immigration  during this time had  only a small effect on the body of surnames used in Britain. In many  cases, the surnames of immigrants were  thoroughly Anglicised.The late sixteenth century saw  the arrival, mostly in London  and  the south-coast ports  of large  numbers of people fleeing  from the war regions of France.

ARMS – Vert a chevron or in chief three lions rampant of the second CREST – A demi  lion rampant guard holding  a battle  axe  argent MOTTO – PERSEVERANDO

By persevering

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