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Hanstall is one of the names carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest in 1066. It is based on the Germanic personal name Ansell composed of the elements ans, which means god, and helm, which means protection or helmet.

Early Origins of the Hanstall family


The surname Hanstall was first found in the English county of Kent where they were granted lands shortly after the Norman Conquest by King William the Conqueror in 1066 A.D. The family is believed to be descended from Pierre Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury, Ansell being the abbreviation adopted by most branches of this noble Norman family who accompanied the Conqueror into England.

St Anselm of Aosta (c. 1033-1109), was a theologian, abbot of Bec, and Archbishop of Canterbury.


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Early History of the Hanstall family

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Early History of the Hanstall family


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Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1660, 1929 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Hanstall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hanstall Spelling Variations

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Hanstall Spelling Variations


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hanstall have been found, including Ansell, Ancell, Ancelle, Anselm, Anselme, Anstrell and many more.

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Early Notables of the Hanstall family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Hanstall family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Hanstall family to Ireland

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Migration of the Hanstall family to Ireland


Some of the Hanstall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Hanstall family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Hanstall family to the New World and Oceana


For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. 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 Hanstall were among those contributors: Edward Ansell, who settled in Nevis in 1663; Elizabeth Ansell, aged 17, who settled in Virginia in 1685; Claude Anselme, who arrived at New Orleans in 1719.

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