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Where did the English Hazlett family come from? When did the Hazlett family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hazlett family history?

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hazlett include Hazlet, Hazlett, Hazlitt, Hasslet, Hasslett, Hazlit, Haslitt, Hezlit, Hezlitt, Hezlett, Hezlet, Heaslitt, Heaslett, Hazled, Hazelhead, Hasslitt, Aslett, Azlett, Astlett and many more.

First found in Surrey where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hazlett research. Another 276 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1333, 1455, 1487, and 1887 are included under the topic Early Hazlett History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Hazlett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Hazlett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 270 words(19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Hazlett Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Lesley Hazlett, who landed in America in 1795
  • Henry H Hazlett, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1799

Hazlett Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Hazlett, who arrived in New York, NY in 1840
  • Robert Hazlett, who arrived in Mississippi in 1841
  • James, John, and Samuel Hazlett arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

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  • Dan Hazlett, American singer/songwriter
  • James Miller Hazlett (1864-1941), American (Irish born) politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania
  • Major-General Harry Fouts Hazlett (1884-1960), American Commanding General 86th Division (1946)
  • John Hazlett, Canadian director, writer, and producer
  • Thomas Hazlett, former Chief Economist of the Federal Communications Commission


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