The ancestors of the Hanstean surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name comes from when they lived in Suffolk
. The surname Hanstean 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 Hanstean family
The surname Hanstean 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.
Early History of the Hanstean family
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Hanstean Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hanstean include Hemstead, Hampstead, Hempstead, Hemsted and others.
Early Notables of the Hanstean family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hanstean family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: 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..