MacAfera History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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.
One distinguished source notes: "This is a name which may claim its origin with nearly equal probability from several distinct sources, which I shall briefly enumerate. I. Aviarim, a keeper of the birds. The Forest Charter (s. 14,) enacts that freemen may have in their woods "avyries of sparhawkes, falcons, eagles, and herons." II. A very, the place where forage for the king's horses was kept; either from the Latin avena, Anglo-Norman haver, oats, or from aver, a northern provincialism for a working horse. III. Alberic, a German personal name, Latinized Albericus, and softened in Norman times to Aubrey. " 
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. 
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had two entries of the family with very early spellings: Hugh filius Auveray, Nottinghamshire; and Ralph Averey, Oxfordshire. 
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." 
Further down in the parish of Lansallos, Cornwall, another branch of the family was found. "The manor of Tregavithick was purchased of the Avery family in 1751, by the Rev. Joshua Howell, father of the Rev. J. F. Howell, one of the canons residentiary of Exeter, the present proprietor."  There is no mention of how long the Avery family held the manor.
Early History of the MacAfera family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacAfera research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1588, 1526, 1548, 1596, 1766, 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; and James Avery (b. 1620-1700), Cornish immigrant to America to become an American colonial landowner, legislator, and a military commander in King Philip's War.
Henry Every, also Avery or Avary, (c. 1653-after 1696), sometimes given as John Avery...
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Migration of the MacAfera family to Ireland
Some of the MacAfera family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacAfera family
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.
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