Quarterhan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Quarterhan is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a person who was mail-fisted or perhaps the nickname 'four hands.'  The surname Quarterhan originally derived from the armor that soldiers or knights donned for protection in battle. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries.
Early Origins of the Quarterhan family
The surname Quarterhan was first found in Oxfordshire where the first records of the name were Clare Quatremayns and William Quatremeyns who were both listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. A few years later, Thomas Quatremains was listed in the Writs of Parliament in 1313.  Digging further into the 'four hands' reference we found: "French for 'four hands' which form the charge of the family shield."  Thame in Oxfordshire was home to one branch of the family.
"About the time of Edward IV., an hospital for destitute persons was endowed with lands by Richard Quatremain, a member of a family of high repute. The north transept [of the church] is the burying place of the Dormer family, and the south transept the sepulchral chapel of the Quatremains; both contain handsome monuments." 
The Quartermaine family is a fictional family from the ABC soap opera, General Hospital and Al(l)an Quatermain is the protagonist of H. Rider Haggard's 1885 novel King Solomon's Mines. The character was recently reintroduced with the popular series League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (LXG) and in the eponymous film released in 2003, Sean Connery played the character Alan Quatermain.
Quartermaine's Terms is a play by Simon Gray which won The Cheltenham Prize in 1982.
Early History of the Quarterhan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quarterhan research. Another 68 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1618, 1667, 1662 and 1667 are included under the topic Early Quarterhan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Quarterhan Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Quarterhan has appeared include Quartermain, Quartermaines, Quarterman, Quartermaynes, Quatermain, Quatermaines, Quaterman, Quatermay and many more.
Early Notables of the Quarterhan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Quarterhan family
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Quarterhan arrived in North America very early: John Quarterman, on record in Virginia in 1742; and Joseph Quartman settled in Philadelphia in 1824.
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- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.