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The ancestors of the bearers of the Hannaforthay family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in the township of Handforth, in the parish of Cheadle in the county of Cheshire.

Hannaforthay Early Origins



The surname Hannaforthay 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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Hannaforthay Spelling Variations


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Hannaforthay Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hannaforthay include Handford, Hanford and others.

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Hannaforthay Early History


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Hannaforthay Early History



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

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Hannaforthay Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hannaforthay Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Hannaforthay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled 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 ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hannaforthay 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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