Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Handfithey is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the township of Handforth, in the parish of Cheadle in the county of Cheshire.
Early Origins of the Handfithey family
The surname Handfithey 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.
Early History of the Handfithey family
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Handfithey Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Handfithey has been spelled many different ways, including Handford, Hanford and others.
Early Notables of the Handfithey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Handfithey family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Handfitheys to arrive in North America: Thomas Handford settled in Scituate in Massachusetts in 1645; and became a Freeman of that colony; Jane, Martha and Richard Handford settled in New England