Hanshaw History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancient history of the Hanshaw name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in the settlement of Henshaw in Northumberland, or in the settlement of Henshaw in Prestbury, which is in the county of Cheshire. The surname Hanshaw belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Hanshaw family

The surname Hanshaw 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.

Important Dates for the Hanshaw family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hanshaw research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1628, 1673, 1663, 1608, 1679, 1663, 1618 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Hanshaw History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hanshaw 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 Hanshaw include Henshaw, Henshall, Henshawe and others.

Early Notables of the Hanshaw family (pre 1700)

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Hanshaw migration to the United States

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 Hanshaw or a variant listed above:

Hanshaw Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • David Hanshaw, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Thomas W. Hanshaw, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • I.E. Hanshaw, aged 39, who immigrated to the United States, in 1894
Hanshaw Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Gladys Victoria Hanshaw, aged 10, who settled in America from Manchester, England, in 1911
  • Ernest W. Hanshaw, aged 34, who landed in America from Manchester, England, in 1911
  • Fanny Hanshaw, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States from Manchester, England, in 1911
  • George L. Hanshaw, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1918
  • Wm. Hanshaw, aged 39, who landed in America, in 1923
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hanshaw migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hanshaw Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Mabel Hanshaw, aged 27, who immigrated to Saskatoon, Canada, in 1915

Hanshaw migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hanshaw Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Betsy Hanshaw, aged 22, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Punjab"

Hanshaw migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hanshaw Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Hanshaw, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Persia" in 1860

Contemporary Notables of the name Hanshaw (post 1700)

  • Thomas Hanshaw, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Mingo County, 1968 [2]
  • Sue Hanshaw, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 2008 [2]
  • Anthony Lavar Hanshaw (b. 1978), American Light-Heavyweight professional boxer, winner of the 1998 National Golden Gloves
  • Catherine Annette Hanshaw (1901-1985), American jazz singer

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  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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