Handsbie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Handsbie family
The surname Handsbie 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 Handsbie family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Handsbie 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 Handsbie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Handsbie Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Handsbie family name include Hansby, Handsby, Hansbie, Hansbey, Handsbey and many more.
Early Notables of the Handsbie 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 Handsbie family to Ireland
Some of the Handsbie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Migration of the Handsbie family
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Handsbie surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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.