Henning Surname Name Meaning, Origin, History, & Etymology
Henning is a North German, Danish, Dutch, and Swedish last name deriving as a pet form or nickname for the personal (first) names Heinrich, Hans, or Johannes (longer German for of John). Henneke was a very popular diminutive of the masculine given name Johannes. In Low German, the suffix ing means “son of”, so the surname Henneke-ing meant, the son of Henneke, and was eventually corrupted to Henning.
In England, the aforementioned theory is likely the origin in most cases as western European names were brought over during the Norman Invasion of 1066 AD, but a second possibility for the English origin of the same is that it originated as a variant of the Scottish name Hanning (which may have been a locational name denoting a person from several places including: a) the llands of Haynyng in Dumfreisshire, b) Haining Castle in Strilingshire, or c) the village of Haining in Selkirk). These locations may derive their names from the Old English word heghen meaning “a farm or holding”. It should also be pointed out that in Britain, another line of thought is the name may have originated from the Old English word heyne, which meant a “mean person”, and possibly was a reference to the initial bearer. possessing this undesirable characteristic. The name was first found in county Norfolk.
Further, in Norway, it developed as a locational or habitational name for a person from a farm so named in Trøndelag.
The Henning surname is indigenous to areas of northern Germany such as Hannover, Hamburg, Holstein, Mecklenburg, and Pommern, as well as the villages of Stralsund and Greifswald near the Baltic Sea, and East Prussia. There were several knights in the middle ages named Johannes who are thought to be responsible for the spread of this name in these areas, including: Johannes Older (1290 AD, Straslund), Johannes Brunswick (1305 AD, Kolberg), Johannes Dotenberg (1326 AD, Greiffswald), and Earl Henning of Irkesleve (1330 AD, Haldslohe).
Common spelling variants or names with similar etymologies include Hanning, Henig, Hennin, Hennig (Silesia), Henegar, Henniger, Henninger, Hinningsen, Henigger, Hienegar, Henniker, and Henninga.
Popularity & Geographic Distribution
The last name Henning ranks 2,056th in popularity in the United Status as of the 2000 Census. The name ranks particularly high in the following six states: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.
The surname is popular in Germany (275th), Sweden (712th), Denmark (1,041st), Austria (2,379th), and Norway (1,776th).
The surname Isaac frequency/commonness ranks as follows in the British Isles: England (4,965th), Scotland (5,046th), Wales (18,969th), Ireland (5,083rd) and Northern Ireland (1,000th). The name is also present throughout the remainder English speaking world: Canada (5,102nd), New Zealand (8,144th), Australia (3,967th), and South Africa (323rd).
Henning Family Tree & Henning Genealogy
John Henning was born around 1500 AD in Poxwell, Doreset, England. He married a woman named Jane and he had a son with her named John. This John Henning Esquire was born in Poole, Dorset in around 1520. He married Dorothie Wareham and had a daughter with her named Elizabeth Henning who was born in 1570 and later married John Mitchell.
Hans Henning married Brita Mattsdotter and had a daughter named Geska Hansdotter Henning who was born in 1601. She married Hans Hornigk and had a daughter with her named Barbro Hansdotter Hornigk.
Christoffel Henning was born in Berlin, Germany in 1683. He married Antoinetta Anna Visser and had the following issue with her: Anna Elisabeth, Adriaan , Cornelia, Magdalena, and Johannes. His son Johannes Henning was born around 1695 in Paarl, South Africa. He married Anna Catharina Lourens and had the following children with her: Johannes Christoffel Henning.
Johannes Henning was born around 1643 AD. He married a woman named Sybilla with whom he had a son named Conradt. Conradt was born in Goringen, Thuringia, Germany in 1685 and he married Gertrud, with whom he had a son named Johannes. This Johannes Henning was born in the same town in 1718. He married Johanneta Buchenau and he had the following children with her: Johanna Susanna Elizabeth, Johanna Christina Magdalena (Salzmann), Johann Adam, and Johann Simon. His son Johann Adam Henning was born in Fortha, Thuringia, Germany in 1755. He married a woman named Elizabeth and had the following issue with her: Simon, Christina Magdaelene (Huffman), Mary Anna (Kline), Catherine, Michael, Susanna (Seiler), Christian, Adam, Gabriel, William, Anna, and Sally. His son Adam was born in North Carolina in 1804. He married Ansora Ann Webster and had the following issue with her: Martha A.E., Archibald G., Nancy, Sarah Jane, Norma Ruth, John W., Elvira B., Sanford Ivan, and William Gabriel. His son John W. was born in Surrey County in 1848.
Early American and New World Settlers
Early settlers in colonial America bearing this surname include William Henning (Virginia 1654), Richard Henning (Maryland 1673), Thomas Henning (Maryland 1731), Hans Michel Henning (Maryland 1740), Thomas Henning (Maryland 1740), Hieronimus Henning (Pennsylvania 1743). The book Genealogical Guide to the Early Settlers, mentions one bearers of this last name: Richard Hening or Henne, of Newbury, who had a son named Shubael in 1671. In Canada,one of the first bearers was Barbara Henning who came to Prince Edward Island in 1774.
Early Americans Bearing the Henning Family Crest
I researched the following three resources and did not find any coats of arms for YYY: Bolton’s American Armory, Matthew’s American Armoury and Bluebook, and Crozier’s General Armory.
I have identified the following Henning family mottoes and mottoes for similar spelling surnames:
1) Est decus in recto (Honour through rectitude)
2) Nobilitat plus virtus avis (More famed and stronger than my ancestors)
3) Deo duce (God as our guide)
4) Deus major columna (God is the greatest of supporters)
We have 30 coats of arms for the Henning surname depicted here. The first two blazons (1-4) are from Bernard Burke’s book The General Armory of England, Ireland, and Scotland, which was published in 1848. The remainder of the blazons 5-32) are from Armorial General published in 1861 by the famous genealogist/heraldist Johannes Baptisa Rietstap. The bottom of this page contains the blazons, and in many instances contains some historical, geographical, and genealogical about where coat of arms was found and who bore it. One person who bore the Hemming Coat of Arms in Britain was:
1) Hennings, of Poxwell, Dorset: Barry undee of six argent and azure, on a chief azure three plates, 20 May, 1611, by Segar
There are hundreds of notable people with the Henning surname. This page will mention a handful. Famous people with this last name include: 1) Curt Henning (1958-2003) who was born in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, and was a professional wrestler in the AWA, WWF, WCW, and TNA, who was best known for his character Mr. Perfect from 1988-1996, although his career spanned several years before and after, 2) Andrew Harriot Henning (1863-1946) who was a lawyer and politician in Western Australia that was born in North Adelaide and educated at Prince Alfred College, 3) Anne Elizabeth Henning (1955) who was an American speed skater from Raleigh, North Carolina who broke the 500 and 1,000m world records in 1972, 4) Knut Uno Henning (1895-1970) who was a Swedish film, 5) Rasmus Henning (1975) who is a Danish athlete from Copenhagen who competes in triathlon, 6) Douglas James Henning (1947-2000) who was a Canadian magician and illusionist born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and 7) Daniel Ernest Henning (1942) who was a former professional football player in the AFL and a head coach for the Atlanta Falcons and San Diego Chargers.