Handisides History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Handisides family

The surname Handisides was first found in Berwickshire where they held a family seat in that locality named Handyside, [1] some say from the close of the eleventh century. Richard de Hanggandsid, dominus ejusdem was listed there in 1398 as having an annual pension of two marks for his faithful council and aid.

Early History of the Handisides family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Handisides research. Another 142 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1398, 1467, 1547, 1587, and 1597 are included under the topic Early Handisides History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Handisides Spelling Variations

The name, Handisides, occurred in many references, and from time to time, it was spelt Handaside, Handasyde, Handiside, Hangaldesyde, Handyside, Hangandsyde, Hanginsyde, Handisyd, Handerside and many more.

Early Notables of the Handisides family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Handisides family

The New World beckoned settlers from the Scottish-English borders. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Among the early settlers bearing the Handisides surname who came to North America were: Robert Handyside who settled in Jamaica in 1716; David Handyside settled in New York State in 1820; followed by Robert D. Handyside in 1822; and A. Handieside who settled in New York State in 1823..


Contemporary Notables of the name Handisides (post 1700) +

  • Mr Handisides, New Zealand businessman from Nelson; he financed the building of a bridge for NZ£2,000 in 1864 over the Waiau River, but the bridge was blown down ten years later
  • Stephen Handisides, New Zealand actor, known for his work on The Strip (2002), Xena: Warrior Princess (1995) and Apulu (2010)


The Handisides Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Munifice et fortiter
Motto Translation: Bountifully and bravely.


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)


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