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Although this is an old English name in its own right, it is a dialectal derivative form of the pre medieval (11th Century) "Hausard", a metonymic or job description of a maker of daggers and swords. The name derives from the French "hansart", itself comprised of the Germanic elements "hant" meaning hand, and "sach", a knife. Although "Hansards" have been landowners in the Surrey-Sussex region since the 12th Century, the name and its variants has its greatest popularity in East Anglia, and specifically Norwich.

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