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The name Hands is tied to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England. It comes from the baptismal name for the son of John. The given name John was originally derived from the Dutch Hans or Han. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.

Hands Early Origins



The surname Hands 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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Hands Spelling Variations


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Hands Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Hands has undergone many spelling variations, including Hand, Hands and others.

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Hands Early History


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Hands Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hands research. Another 296 words (21 lines of text) covering the year 1200 is included under the topic Early Hands History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hands Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hands Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Hands In Ireland


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Hands In Ireland



Some of the Hands family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hands were among those contributors:

Hands Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Christopher Hands, who arrived in Maryland in 1659
  • Richard Hands, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682

Hands Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Bedingfield Hands, who arrived in Maryland in 1739
  • John Hands, who arrived in America in 1766

Hands Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Hands, who landed in New York, NY in 1841

Hands Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Frederick Hands arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1881

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hands (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hands (post 1700)



  • William Friendly Hands, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1948, 1950
  • Ruth Hands, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1948
  • John H. Hands, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1920
  • Betsy Hands, American Democrat politician, Member of Montana State House of Representatives 99th District; Elected 2010

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Hands Historic Events


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Hands Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Bernard Hands (d. 1912), aged 53, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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    The Hands Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hands 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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