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Early Origins of the Handlowe family

The surname Handlowe was first found in Kent where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor.

Robert de Handlo (fl. 1326), was an early English "writer on music, is only known as the author of a treatise on music, the manuscript of which was formerly in the portion of the Cottonian Library which was destroyed by fire. " [1]

Early History of the Handlowe family

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Handlowe Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Handlowe are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Handlowe include: Hanlowe, Handlow, Hanlow, Hanlo, Henlow, Hendlow and many more.

Early Notables of the Handlowe family

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Migration of the Handlowe family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Handlowe or a variant listed above: William Hanlow, and English convict, who was brought to America in 1764; E. O. Hanlow, who came to Baltimore in 1820; Magt Hanlow, who arrived in New Brunswick in 1837.

  1. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print on Facebook