Hansbee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Hansbee family

The surname Hansbee was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

Important Dates for the Hansbee family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hansbee research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1582, 1455, 1487, 1573, 1612, 1643, 1611, 1617 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Hansbee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hansbee 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 Hansbee include Hansby, Handsby, Hansbie, Hansbey, Handsbey and many more.

Early Notables of the Hansbee family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Catherine Hansby who married Sir George Wandesford (1573-1612) of Kirklington, Yorkshire. She was the daughter of Ralph Hansby of Grays Inn. Sir Ralph Hansby (d. 1643), leased Tickhill Castle, Yorkshire from...
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Migration of the Hansbee family to Ireland

Some of the Hansbee family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 60 words (4 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 Hansbee family

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 Hansbee or a variant listed above: Rich Hanby, who arrived in Virginia in 1642; Sarah Hanby, who arrived in Virginia in 1642; Richard Hanby, a bonded passenger, who settled in America in 1774.

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