Hemsley Family History
Hemsley Name Meaning
English: habitational name either from Helmsley (North Yorkshire) or Gate Helmsley (also North Yorkshire). Gate Helmsley derives from the Old English personal name Hemele (genitive Hemeles) + Old English ēg ‘island’ and had the form Hemelsey till at least the 14th century. The other placename derives from the Old English personal name Helm (genitive Helmes) + Old English lēah ‘woodland clearing’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press