The name Havingfield came to England
with the ancestors of the Havingfield family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Havingfield family lived in Essex
. Their name, however, is a local
reference which indicates that the original bearer lived at or near a field belonging to someone by the name of Hand,
hence Handfield. It is one of a number of names such as Handforth, Handford, Hanfirth, Hanfield, Handsacre, Handsworth, all of which derive from this source. The surname Hand comes from the Old English honde,
and was a nickname
used to identify a person by a peculiarity of the hands,
such as size, great skill, or agility.
Early Origins of the Havingfield family
The surname Havingfield was first found in Essex
where they were conjecturally descended from Ralph FitzThorold, who held the lands and villages of east, south, and west Hanningfield.
Early History of the Havingfield family
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Havingfield Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Handfield, Hanfield, Haningfield, Hangefield, Havingfield and many more.
Early Notables of the Havingfield family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Havingfield family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Havingfield or a variant listed above: Thomas Handfield who settled in Maryland in 1741.