Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Hannaforde surname lived in the township of Handforth, in the parish of Cheadle in the county of Cheshire.
Early Origins of the Hannaforde family
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 Hannaforde family
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Hannaforde Spelling Variations
hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Hannaforde 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 Hannaforde include: Handford, Hanford and others.
Early Notables of the Hannaforde family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hannaforde family to the New World and Oceana
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 Hannaforde 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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