Hanshawe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The lineage of the name Hanshawe begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the settlement of Henshaw in Northumberland, or in the settlement of Henshaw in Prestbury, which is in the county of Cheshire. The surname Hanshawe 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 Hanshawe family

The surname Hanshawe 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 Hanshawe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hanshawe 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 Hanshawe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hanshawe Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Hanshawe has undergone many spelling variations, including Henshaw, Henshall, Henshawe and others.

Early Notables of the Hanshawe family (pre 1700)

Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hanshawe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hanshawe family

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hanshawe were among those contributors: Charles Henshaw settled in Maryland in 1742; Benjamin and John Henshaw settled in Boston in 1768; John and Joseph Henshaw settled in Philadelphia in 1840..

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