Hancane History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Hancane comes from the baptismal name John, which was originally derived from the diminutive Johan-kin. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.

Early Origins of the Hancane family

The surname Hancane was first found in Somerset, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Important Dates for the Hancane family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hancane research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1761 and 1602 are included under the topic Early Hancane History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hancane 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 Hancane were recorded, including Hankin, Hankins, Hanking, Hankinson, Hanken and others.

Early Notables of the Hancane family (pre 1700)

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hancane Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hancane family

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 Hancane family emigrate to North America: George Hankin, who sailed to Virginia in 1640; Richard Hankins also to Virginia in 1652; George Hankinson to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1845 and John Hanken to Philadelphia in 1856..

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