Handsby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Handsby family
The surname Handsby 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 Handsby family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Handsby 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 Handsby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Handsby Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Handsby include Hansby, Handsby, Hansbie, Hansbey, Handsbey and many more.
Early Notables of the Handsby 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...
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Migration of the Handsby family to Ireland
Some of the Handsby family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Handsby family
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: 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.
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