The ancient history of the Halfertay name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in Halford, a place-name found in Devon
, or Warwickshire
, or in Haleford, a lost place in Kent
. Despite the similarity of the place-names, they are derived from different sources. The Halford name which was found in Salop (now called Shropshire), for example, is derived from the Old English words haforce,
which means "hawk," and ford,
a word that means "shallow place where a river may be crossed by wading." It was rendered as Hauerford in 1155. Another Halford, this one in Warwickshire, was listed as Halchford sometime in the 12th century; it is derived from the Old English words halh,
which meant "remote nook or corner of land," and ford,
a shallow place where a river could be crossed without a bridge.
Early Origins of the Halfertay family
The surname Halfertay was first found in Leicestershire
at Wistow which was held by the family since well before the 16th century.
Early History of the Halfertay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Halfertay research.Another 475 words (34 lines of text) covering the years 1580, 1658, 1844, 1580, 1658, 1641, 1679, 1663, 1690, 1689, 1690, 1695 and 1727 are included under the topic Early Halfertay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Halfertay 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 Halfertay include Halford, Hallford, Halforde and others.
Early Notables of the Halfertay family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Richard Halford, 1st Baronet
(c.?1580-1658), Sheriff of Leicestershire
in the 19th year of James I's reign, created a Baronet
on 18 December 1641, notable for his allegiance to Charles I... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Halfertay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Halfertay 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 Halfertay or a variant listed above: Henry Halferd, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1822; Thomas Halford, who settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1634; Nancy Halferty, who came to St. John, N.B. in 1838.
The Halfertay Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Virtus in actione consistit
Motto Translation: Virtue consists in action.