Hand Family History
Hand Name Meaning
English German and Dutch: nickname for someone with a peculiarity or deformity of the hand or perhaps to skill in its use from Middle English hond(e) hand(e) Middle High German hant found in such appellations as Johan metter hant (Rijkhoven 1284) Liebhard mit der Hand (Augsburg 1383). Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname from German Hand ‘hand’ (see 1 above). Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Fhlaithimh (see Guthrie ) as a result of association with the Gaelic word lámh ‘hand’. It is used as an English equivalent for several other names of Gaelic origin too such as Claffey Glavin and McClave . English: perhaps from a Middle English personal name Hand a possible rhyming pet form of Randall though it could also be a variant of Han (a pet form of Johan John and of Hanry Henry) with excrescent -d.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022