Hansom History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

It was among those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Hansom was formed. The name was derived from the baptismal name for the son of Hans. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.

Early Origins of the Hansom family

The surname Hansom was first found in Yorkshire 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 Hansom family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hansom research. Another 73 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1675 is included under the topic Early Hansom History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hansom Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Hansom include Hanson, Hansom and others.

Early Notables of the Hansom family (pre 1700)

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Hansom migration to the United States

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Hansom were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Hansom Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J Hansom, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • L B Hansom, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hansom (post 1700)

  • William Hansom, American politician, Representative from New York 4th District, 1878 [2]
  • John Hansom, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 8th District, 1935 [2]
  • James A. Hansom, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Hartland; Elected 1932 [2]
  • Joseph Aloysius Hansom (1803-1882), English inventor
  • Edward Joseph Hansom (1842-1900), English architect
  • Charles Francis Hansom (1816-1888), English architect


  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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