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Where did the English Hans family come from? What is the English Hans family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hans family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hans family history?

The generations and branches of the Hans family share a name that has its roots in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name Hans comes from the baptismal name for the son of John. The given name John was originally derived from the Dutch Hans or Han. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.


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 Hans include Hand, Hands and others.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hans research. Another 296 words(21 lines of text) covering the year 1200 is included under the topic Early Hans History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Hans Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Hans family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 157 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Hans or a variant listed above:

Hans Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Tryntje Hans, aged 36, arrived in New York in 1646
  • Nicola Hans, who landed in Virginia in 1651
  • Jan Hans, aged 29, landed in New York in 1659
  • Jude Hans, who landed in Virginia in 1664
  • Richard Hans, who landed in Virginia in 1665-1666

Hans Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hanis Hans, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1731
  • Michael Hans, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1731
  • Rudolf Hans, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1734
  • Hieronimus Hans, who landed in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1740
  • Johan Peter Hans, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1740

Hans Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joh Stephan Hans, who arrived in America in 1847
  • Jakob Hans, who arrived in New York, NY in 1848
  • Johannes Hans, who arrived in North America in 1851
  • Johann Hans, who landed in Cincinnati, Oh in 1869-1870
  • Mathias Hans, who arrived in North America in 1872

Hans Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Edward Hans U.E. who settled in Kitley [Elizabethtown-Kitley], Leeds and Grenville, Ontario c. 1784



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The Hans Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hans Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 27 October 2010 at 13:38.

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