England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Hanham family lived in Hanham, Gloucestershire. Ancient records reveal the name Hanham is derived from the Old English roots han, which means rock, and ham, which means village or settlement.
Early Origins of the Hanham family
Gloucestershire where they held a family seat some say at the time of the Norman Conquest by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D. Conjecturally, they are descended from Hunbald who held the lands of Hanham, now a suburb of Bristol, from Arnulf de Hesdin at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book survey in 1086 A.D. However, it was not until the 12th century when the first person of the name was officially recorded, that being of Peter de Hanham, Lord of the Manor of Hanham.
Early History of the Hanham family
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Hanham Spelling Variations
hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hanham include Hanham, Hannam, Haname, Hannan, Hannem, Hanhams, Hannams, Hanam, Hanams, Hannum and many more.
Early Notables of the Hanham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hanham family to Ireland
Some of the Hanham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Hanham family to the New World and Oceana
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Hanhams to arrive on North American shores:
Hanham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Hanham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Hanham Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Hanham (post 1700)
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