Early Origins of the Heafer family
The surname Heafer was first found in Kent
at Hever, a village and civil parish in the Sevenoaks District. The village dates back to the Saxon Chronicle where it was listed as Heanfre in 814. Literally the place name means "high edge." Nearby, Hever Castle was originally a country house built in the 13th century. Anne Boleyn, the second queen consort of King Henry VIII of England
, spent her early youth there. The castle survived over the years and is now a tourist attraction. One of the first listing of the family was found in Sussex
in the 13th century.
Early History of the Heafer family
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Heafer Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Heafer have been found, including Hever, Heaver, Hefer, Heafer, Hepher, Ever, Eever and many more.
Early Notables of the Heafer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Heafer family to Ireland
Some of the Heafer family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Heafer family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Heafer, or a variant listed above: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..
Contemporary Notables of the name Heafer (post 1700)
- Edgar M. Heafer (1851-1936), American politician, Mayor of Bloomington, Illinois, 1896 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html