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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.

Hanshaw Early Origins



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.

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Hanshaw Spelling Variations


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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.

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Hanshaw Early History


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Hanshaw Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hanshaw research. Another 139 words (10 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.

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Hanshaw Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hanshaw Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hanshaw 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 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
  • Thomas W. Hanshaw, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • I.E. Hanshaw, aged 39, who emigrated 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 emigrated 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 Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Mabel Hanshaw, aged 27, who emigrated to Saskatoon, Canada, in 1915

Hanshaw Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Betsy Hanshaw, aged 22, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Punjab"

Hanshaw Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Hanshaw arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Persia" in 1860

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hanshaw (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hanshaw (post 1700)



  • 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
  • Thomas Hanshaw, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Mingo County, 1968
  • Sue Hanshaw, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 2008

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    11. ...

    The Hanshaw Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hanshaw 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 30 October 2015 at 09:46.

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