The name Hansteen is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in Suffolk
. The surname Hansteen 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 Hansteen family
The surname Hansteen 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 Hansteen family
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Hansteen Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Hansteen are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Hansteen include: Hemstead, Hampstead, Hempstead, Hemsted and others.
Early Notables of the Hansteen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hansteen family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Hansteen 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..