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The history of the Hanstead family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in Suffolk. The surname Hanstead 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 Hanstead family


The surname Hanstead was first found in Sussex 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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Early History of the Hanstead family

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Early History of the Hanstead family


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Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1350 are included under the topic Early Hanstead History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hanstead Spelling Variations

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Hanstead 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 Hanstead include Hemstead, Hampstead, Hempstead, Hemsted and others.

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Early Notables of the Hanstead family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Hanstead family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Hanstead family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Hanstead family to the New World and Oceana


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 Hanstead or a variant listed above: Robert Hempstead who settled in New London Conn. in 1630; John Hempstead arrived in New England in 1777; Richard Hemstead settled in Virginia in 1652..

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