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The ancestors of the bearers of the Handford family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in the township of Handforth, in the parish of Cheadle in the county of Cheshire.

Handford Early Origins



The surname Handford 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.

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Handford Spelling Variations


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Handford 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 Handford include Handford, Hanford and others.

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Handford Early History


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Handford Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Handford research. Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 123 and 1230 are included under the topic Early Handford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Handford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Handford Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Handford or a variant listed above:

Handford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Handford settled in Scituate in Massachusetts in 1645 and became a Freeman of that colony
  • Thomas Handford, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1650
  • Tobias Handford, who landed in Virginia in 1676

Handford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jane, Martha and Richard Handford settled in New England in 1754

Handford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Handford arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Simlah" in 1849
  • James Handford, aged 27, a gardener, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Blundell"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Handford (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Handford (post 1700)



  • Horace E. Handford, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1944
  • Philip Michael "Phil" Handford (b. 1964), English former professional association football player
  • Frank Handford (b. 1884), English rugby union international player who played in the early 1900s
  • Peter Handford (1919-2007), English location sound recordist
  • George Clive Handford CMG (b. 1937), British clergyman, the fourth Anglican Bishop in Cyprus and the Gulf
  • Martin Handford (b. 1956), British children's book writer and illustrator who gained worldwide fame in the early 1990s with his "Where's Wally?" creation, known as "Where's Waldo" in the USA and Canada
  • Paul Handford Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology at The University of Western Ontario

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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    The Handford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Handford Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 9 November 2015 at 10:31.

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