Hanshoe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Hanshoe dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family 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 Hanshoe 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 Hanshoe family

The surname Hanshoe 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 Hanshoe family

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

Hanshoe Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hanshoe have been found, including Henshaw, Henshall, Henshawe and others.

Early Notables of the Hanshoe family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Hanshoe family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Hanshoe, or a variant listed above: 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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