The MacAfera name is an important part of the history of the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. MacAfera is derived from the given name Averary.
For example, the first recorded instance of the name is Rogerus filius
Averary. His name means Rogerus son of Averary. Over time, the name changed until it achieved its modern form.
Early Origins of the MacAfera family
The surname MacAfera was first found in the county of Northumberland
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times. Rogerus filius
Averary resided in the year 1166, and held manors and estates. One branch of the family was found in Egginton, Derbyshire
from ancient times. "The church [of Egginton], an ancient structure with a nave, chancel, aisles, and a neat low tower, contains several monuments to the Every family, and has some remains of stained glass." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the MacAfera family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacAfera research.Another 55 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1664, 1654, 1643, 1679, 1679, 1620, 1700, 1653, 1696 and 1690 are included under the topic Early MacAfera History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacAfera Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name MacAfera were recorded, including Avery, Averie, Avary, Every, MacAvera and others.
Early Notables of the MacAfera family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Richard Avery; Samuel Avery (died 1664) was an English merchant and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1654; John Every (c 1643-1679), an English landowner and politician from Dorset
who sat in the House of Commons in 1679; James... Another 70 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacAfera Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacAfera family to Ireland
Some of the MacAfera family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the MacAfera family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the MacAfera family emigrate to North America: Jacob and George who settled in Virginia in 1635. Christopher Avery settled in Gloucester Massachusetts in 1640.