The Norman Conquest
in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Hanhan family lived in Hanham, Gloucestershire
. Ancient records reveal the name Hanhan is derived from the Old English roots han,
which means rock,
which means village or settlement.
Early Origins of the Hanhan family
The surname Hanhan was first found in 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 Hanhan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hanhan research.Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1667, 1559, 1547, 1554 and are included under the topic Early Hanhan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hanhan Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Hanham, Hannam, Haname, Hannan, Hannem, Hanhams, Hannams, Hanam, Hanams, Hannum and many more.
Early Notables of the Hanhan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hanhan family to Ireland
Some of the Hanhan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hanhan family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Hanhan or a variant listed above:
Hanhan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Albert Hanhan, aged 13, who landed in America, in 1908
Hanhan Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Dorothy Hanhan, aged 19, who settled in St Johns, Newfoundland, in 1920
- Dorothy Hanhan, aged 21, who emigrated to St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1922