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Halpenny History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Halpenny is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to 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 Halpenny family

The surname Halpenny 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 Halpenny family

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Halpenny Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Halpenny were recorded, including Halfpenny, Halpin(Limerick), Halpeny(Monaghan), Halpern and many more.

Early Notables of the Halpenny family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Halpenny family to Ireland

Some of the Halpenny family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Halpenny family to the New World and Oceana

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Halpenny family emigrate to North America: 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..

Contemporary Notables of the name Halpenny (post 1700)

  • Marion Rose Halpenny, English equestrian writer and horsewoman
  • Colum "Shaggy" Halpenny (b. 1979), English professional rugby league footballer
  • Bruce Barrymore Halpenny, English military historian and author
  • Baron Barrymore Halpenny, English commercial artist, book editor, writer and historian
  • William Halpenny (1882-1960), Canadian Olympic track and field bronze medalist at the 1912 Summer Olympics
  • George Ernest Halpenny PC (1903-1974), Canadian politician
  • Francess Halpenny CC, FRSC (b. 1919), Canadian editor and professor
  • Ellen Halpenny (b. 1990), New Zealand gold medalist netball player in the ANZ Championship

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