The history of the Hafendant family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in the village of Haffenden in the south-eastern counties of Kent
, around Canterbury, Cranbrook, Homewood, and Smarden, around Wadhurst in the county of Sussex.
Early Origins of the Hafendant family
The surname Hafendant was first found in Kent
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the manor at Tenterden and Smarden and at Halden Bugglesden in the north part of Boresile borough. The exact locality of the ancient domain remains obscure.
Early History of the Hafendant family
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Hafendant Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hafendant include Hafenden, Haffenden, Havenden and others.
Early Notables of the Hafendant family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hafendant family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hafendant or a variant listed above: John Havenden who landed in North America in 1750.