The ancient history of the name Handey dates back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It was a name given to a person who is good with their hands, in other words, a handyman as the name was originally derived from the Old English hondi,
which meant "skilled with his hands." A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname
surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.
Early Origins of the Handey family
The surname Handey was first found in Lancashire
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 Handey family
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Handey 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 Handey include Handy, Handie, Handey, Handye and others.
Early Notables of the Handey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Handey 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 Handey or a variant listed above:
Handey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Handey, who settled in Virginia in 1670
Contemporary Notables of the name Handey (post 1700)
- Jack Handey (b. 1949), American comedian, best known for his Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey, a collection of one-liner jokes
- Jack Handey (b. 1949), American humorist