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The ancestors of the name Hanforthey date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Hanforthey family lived in the township of Handforth, in the parish of Cheadle in the county of Cheshire.

Hanforthey Early Origins



The surname Hanforthey 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.

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Hanforthey Early History


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Hanforthey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hanforthey research. Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 123 and 1230 are included under the topic Early Hanforthey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hanforthey Spelling Variations


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Hanforthey Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Hanforthey are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Hanforthey include: Handford, Hanford and others.

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Hanforthey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hanforthey Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Hanforthey or a variant listed above: 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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