The surname Hempenstall is a toponym, originating from the village of Heptonstall in Yorkshire, England. The first recorded instance of the name is in the Court Rolls of the Manor of Wakefield, Yorkshire, which lists a John de Heptonstall as a minor knight in 1297.
Origins and Alternative Spellings
The name has evolved considerably over the centuries from the original Anglo-Saxon, derived from heope, denu, and stall - meaning "Rose-hip", "valley" and "cattle-station", respectively.
Alternative spellings of the modern surname include:
As a surname in Ireland, it is mostly encountered in the province of Leinster, though, in recent years, at least one branch of the family has been established in the Limerick area of Munster.
- "Hempenstall Family Crest and Name History". houseofnames.com. Swyrich Corporation. Retrieved 23 January 2015.