Hand History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Anglo-Saxon name Hand comes from the baptismal name for the son of John. The given name John was originally derived from the Dutch Hans or Han. 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 Hand family

The surname Hand was first found in Cheshire 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.

Important Dates for the Hand family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hand research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1200 is included under the topic Early Hand History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hand Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Hand has appeared include Hand, Hands and others.

Early Notables of the Hand family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Hand Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hand family to Ireland

Some of the Hand family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 77 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hand migration to the United States

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Hand arrived in North America very early:

Hand Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Hand, who arrived in Virginia in 1621 [1]
  • Winifred Hand, aged 20, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [1]
  • Tho Hand, aged 20, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Robert Hand who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • John Hand, who settled in Lynn Massachusetts in 1635, one of the 8 men to buy Montauk Point Long Island and established the town of Easthampton
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hand Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Margaret Hand, who arrived in Virginia in 1706 [1]
  • Rudolph Hand, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1744 [1]
  • Hans Georg Hand, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752 [1]
  • George Hand, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 [1]
  • Nicholas Hand, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [1]
Hand Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Martin William Hand, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1811 [1]
  • Christopher Hand, who arrived in New York in 1835 [1]
  • Catherine Hand, aged 19, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • Ann Hand, aged 30, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • Hugh Hand, aged 18, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hand migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hand Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Peter Hand, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John Hand, who landed in New Brunswick in 1783
  • Mr. Aaron Hand U.E. born in New Jersey, USA who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [2]
  • Mrs. Hester Hand U.E. born in New Jersey, USA who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 wife of John Hand [2]
  • Mr. John Hand U.E. born in New Jersey, USA who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 passenger aboard the Union Transport [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hand Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Margaret Hand, aged 30, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1833
  • Elizabeth Hand, aged 30, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1833
  • Mary Hand, aged 21, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1833
  • James Hand, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the schooner "Jane" from Galway, Ireland

Hand migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hand Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Hand, (b. 1822), aged 27, Cornish labourer from St. Ives, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Lysander" arriving in Port Phillip, New South Wales, Australia on 13th January 1849 [3]
  • Mrs. Phillippa Hand, (b. 1827), aged 22, Cornish settler from St. Ives, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Lysander" arriving in Port Phillip, New South Wales, Australia on 13th January 1849 [3]
  • Mr. Joseph Hand, (b. 1822), aged 27, Cornish general labourer from St. Ewes, Cornwall, UK departing from Plymouth on 21st September 1848 aboard the ship "Lysander" arriving in Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia on 13th January 1849 [4]
  • Mrs. Phillippa Hand, (b. 1827), aged 22, Cornish housekeeper from St. Ewes, Cornwall, UK departing from Plymouth on 21st September 1848 aboard the ship "Lysander" arriving in Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia on 13th January 1849 [4]
  • George Hand, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1851 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hand migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hand Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Julia Hand, aged 23, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Readman" in 1872
  • Miss Julia Hand, (b. 1849), aged 23, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Jessie Readman" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 14th December 1872 [6]
  • John Hand, aged 21, a bricklayers labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Hand (post 1700)

  • Larry Thomas Hand (b. 1940), former American NFL Football defensive tackle who played for the Detroit Lions (1965-1977)
  • Elizabeth Hand (b. 1957), American writer
  • Jon Hand (b. 1986), American NFL football player
  • David Dodd Hand (1900-1986), American animator and animation director, best known for his work with Disney, eventually become supervising director on "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and "Bambi"
  • Augustus Noble Hand (1869-1954), American judge who served on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Chris Hand, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Oklahoma State House of Representatives 37th District, 2002 [7]
  • Billings Learned Hand (1872-1961), American politician, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York, 1909-24; Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, 1924-51 [7]
  • Beulah Hand, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oregon, 1956 [7]
  • Ben Hand, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Alabama 3rd District, 1994 [7]
  • Augustus Noble Hand (1869-1954), American Democrat politician, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York, 1914-27; Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, 1927-53 [7]
  • ... (Another 40 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Hand family

Halifax Explosion
  • Ms. Oyrandy Hand, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [8]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Vernon Hand, American Seaman First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [9]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Marion.htm
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  9. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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