The origins of the Hanfithay name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in the township of Handforth, in the parish of Cheadle in the county of Cheshire.
Early Origins of the Hanfithay family
The surname Hanfithay 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 Hanfithay family
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Hanfithay Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Hanfithay were recorded, including Handford, Hanford and others.
Early Notables of the Hanfithay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hanfithay family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Hanfithay family emigrate to North America: 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