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Handy is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name. It was a name given to a person who was a person who is good with their hands, in other words, a handyman as the name was originally derived from the Old English hondi, which meant "skilled with his hands." A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Handy Early Origins



The surname Handy was first found in Lancashire 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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Handy Spelling Variations


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Handy Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Handy has appeared include Handy, Handie, Handey, Handye and others.

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Handy Early History


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Handy Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Handy research. Another 287 words (20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Handy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Handy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Handy Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Handy Notables 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



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Handy arrived in North America very early:

Handy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Samuel Handy who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Samuel Handy, aged 25, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • John Handy, who landed in Massachusetts in 1638
  • Hester Handy settled in Virginia in 1663
  • Row Handy, who landed in Virginia in 1666
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Handy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John and Mary Handy with their one child settled in Barstable Massachusetts in 1822
  • Mary Handy, aged 20, landed in Barnstable, Massachusetts in 1822
  • R H Handy, who arrived in San Franansco, California in 1851
  • George Handy, who arrived in San Francisco, Cala in 1851

Handy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Sarah Handy, aged 60, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Oriental,"

Handy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J Handy landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Joseph Handy arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Handy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Handy (post 1700)



  • James Handy, American film actor, best known for his work on Jumanji (1995), Unbreakable (2000) and The Rocketeer (1991)
  • William Christopher "W.C." Handy (1873-1958), American songwriter, the "Father of the Blues"
  • Jam Handy (1886-1983), American bronze medalist for swimming at the 1904 Olympic games
  • General Thomas Troy Handy (1892-1982), American Deputy Commander in Chief NATO Forces Europe (1952-1953)
  • Joan C. Handy, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2004
  • John Handy, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1972
  • Joseph Handy, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2004
  • Joseph B. Handy, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 21st District, 1900
  • Joseph B. Handy, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 11th District, 1922
  • Levin Irving Handy (1861-1922), American Democrat politician, Delaware Democratic State Chair, 1892-96; U.S. Representative from Delaware at-large, 1897-99
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Handy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Handy 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.

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