Handyside History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Handyside family

The surname Handyside was first found in Berwickshire where they held a family seat in that locality named Handyside, [1] some say from the close of the eleventh century. Richard de Hanggandsid, dominus ejusdem was listed there in 1398 as having an annual pension of two marks for his faithful council and aid.

Important Dates for the Handyside family

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Handyside Spelling Variations

The name Handyside, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Handaside, Handasyde, Handiside, Hangaldesyde, Handyside, Hangandsyde, Hanginsyde, Handisyd, Handerside and many more.

Early Notables of the Handyside family (pre 1700)

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Handyside migration to the United States

The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Handyside family, or who bore a variation of the surname Handyside were

Handyside Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Handyside who settled in Jamaica in 1716
Handyside Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • David Handyside, who settled in New York State in 1820
  • Robert D. Handyside, who settled in New York State in 1822

Handyside migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Handyside Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Handyside, British Convict who was convicted in Edinburgh, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 5th November 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land)1836 [2]
  • Elizabeth Handyside, aged 23, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Emily" [3]
  • Elizabeth Handyside, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Handyside (post 1700)

  • Chris Handyside, American music critic and writer
  • Holsey Gates Handyside (b. 1927), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Mauritania, 1975 [4]
  • Charles Handyside, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1932 [4]
  • Andrew Handyside, English founder of Andrew Handyside and Company, an iron founder in Derbyshire in 1848
  • George Handyside (1821-1904), English businessman and author of Every Man Should Be His Own Doctor which sold over a million copies
  • Mr. Alistair Handyside M.B.E.,, British owner of Higher Wiscombe, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for voluntary service to the Tourism Sector in the South West [5]
  • Andrew Dods Handyside (1835-1904), Scottish immigrant to Victoria, South Australia in 1853 who rose to become a member of the South Australian House of Assembly
  • William Handyside (1793-1850), Scottish engineer, known for his work in St. Petersburg
  • Peter David Handyside (b. 1974), Scottish former professional footballer
  • Clarence Handyside (1854-1931), Canadian stage and screen actor, known for his work on His Picture in the Papers (1916), Silks and Satins (1916) and Mice and Men (1916)
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1835
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The EMILY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Emily.htm
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 4 July 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1
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