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Hanferd History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hanferd is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Hanferd family once lived in the township of Handforth, in the parish of Cheadle in the county of Cheshire.

Early Origins of the Hanferd family

The surname Hanferd was first found in Cheshire 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.

Early History of the Hanferd family

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Hanferd 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 Hanferd family name include Handford, Hanford and others.

Early Notables of the Hanferd family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Hanferd family to the New World and Oceana

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 Hanferd surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Thomas Handford settled in Scituate in Massachusetts in 1645; and became a Freeman of that colony; Jane, Martha and Richard Handford settled in New England in 1754..

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