Hansford family page
This family name, which arrived from Dorset, first appeared in Jersey records in 1811
Jane Gregory, nee Hansford
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Origins of surname
Hansford appears to be a name of Devonshire origin, although the family arrived in Jersey from neighbouring Dorset.
The Surname Database suggests the following:
- "This surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is an English locational surname, from an unidentified place, perhaps "Ansford" in Somerset, which is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Almundsford", and is composed of the Olde English personal name "Ealhmund", composed of the elements "ealh", temple, and "mund", protection, plus the second element "ford", a ford. In some cases, the name may derive from "Hanford", in Devonshire and Staffordshire; the former placename is composed of the Olde English elements "han", stone, rock, and "ford", while the latter derives from the personal name "Hana" or "hana", cock-bird, and "ford", a ford ("Handforth" in Cheshire has the same derivation). The surname first appears in records in Devonshire in the mid 16th Century.
The first Hansford records in Jersey are the baptisms of Robert, Elizabeth Rachel, Mary Ann, William and Sara, the children of William and his wife Elizabeth, who appears as Crane, Cram and Crann in the baptism records and Cran in the record of the couple's marriage in St Helier in 1811.
If the couple and their children remained in Jersey, the line died out with them.
The family trees below show three different and apparently unrelated Hansfords who moved to Jersey from Dorset, or elsewhere in England.
- John Hansford and Julie Goillon, were married in St Helier in 1828, but their connection with the island was very short-lived. John was another immigrant from Dorset, but he emigrated to Australia in later life, although his children remained in Jersey to continue the family line for at least another generation.
- George Hansford, who was born in Dorset in 1814, moved to Jersey after his marriage to Sarah Elizabeth Budden, with their three children.
- Richard Hansford and Olive Taylor arrived in Jersey from England before 1828 and their five children were born and baptised in St Helier.
Great War service
These wills created by members of the Hansford family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1978, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Anna Hannsford of 6, David Place, St Helier 4 December 1843 - D/Y/A/25
- Charlotte Hansford, 13 Garden Lane, St Helier desires to be buried in Almorah Cemetery, bequeaths to 4 names parties 13 Garden Lane, St Helier - 23 December 1920, D/Y/A/80
- Elizabeth Hansford, 13 Garden Lane, St Helier, spinster - 29 April 1905, D/Y/A/64
- Philip Hansford of Askerwell, Devon, now of St Helier 6 November 1861 - D/Y/A/30
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