The lineage of the name Ansford begins with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the township of Handforth, in the parish of Cheadle in the county of Cheshire.
Early Origins of the Ansford family
The surname Ansford was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Ansford family
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Ansford Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Ansford has undergone many spelling variations
, including Handford, Hanford and others.
Early Notables of the Ansford family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ansford family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Ansford were among those contributors: Thomas Handford settled in Scituate in Massachusetts in 1645; and became a Freeman of that colony; Jane, Martha and Richard Handford settled in New England