Halfpenay is an ancient name dating from the times of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was a person who because of his physical characteristics was referred to as Halfpenn.
This person had a slim or slight build and was given this surname as a means of identity. The surname may have also local
origins, which would explain Halfpenn Field in Cambridgeshire
. The residents gave half a penny per acre to repair the Needham Dyke in that county.
Early Origins of the Halfpenay family
The surname Halfpenay was first found in Worcestershire
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 Halfpenay family
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Halfpenay Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Halfpenay include Halfpenny, Halpin(Limerick), Halpeny(Monaghan), Halpern and many more.
Early Notables of the Halfpenay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Halfpenay family to Ireland
Some of the Halfpenay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 213 words (15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Halfpenay family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Halfpenay were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Robert Halfpenny arrived in Annapolis Maryland in 1725; Michael Halfpenny settled in New England
in 1753; along with Peter; Thomas Halfpenny settled in Norfolk
, Virginia in 1823..