Handsbey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Handsbey family
The surname Handsbey was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.
Early History of the Handsbey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Handsbey research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1582, 1455, 1487, 1573, 1612, 1643, 1611, 1617, 1673, 1750 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Handsbey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Handsbey Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Handsbey were recorded, including Hansby, Handsby, Hansbie, Hansbey, Handsbey and many more.
Early Notables of the Handsbey family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Catherine Hansby who married Sir George Wandesford (1573-1612) of Kirklington, Yorkshire. She was the daughter of Ralph Hansby of Grays Inn. Sir Ralph Hansby (d. 1643), leased Tickhill Castle, Yorkshire from King James 1st on February 13, 1611...
Migration of the Handsbey family to Ireland
Some of the Handsbey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Migration of the Handsbey family
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Handsbey family emigrate to North America: Rich Hanby, who arrived in Virginia in 1642; Sarah Hanby, who arrived in Virginia in 1642; Richard Hanby, a bonded passenger, who settled in America in 1774.