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Where did the English Hacksaw family come from? What is the English Hacksaw family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hacksaw family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hacksaw family history?

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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 Hacksaw has appeared include Hackinsall, Hackinshaw, Hackshall, Hackshaw, Hacksaw, Axshaw, Ackshaw, Ackenshaw, Ackensall, Haxshaw, Hackenshaw, Hakesalt and many more.

First found in Lancashire 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 year 1189 when Geoffrey the Bowman was Lord of Hackensall an ancient parish of the city of Lancaster. Succeeding Geoffrey was Robert of Hacunsho who also held Perlo and Hamilton in 1250.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hacksaw research. Another 305 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Hacksaw History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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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 Hacksaw arrived in North America very early:

Hacksaw Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Hacksaw, who came to Allegany Co. , Maryland in 1825

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  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Hacksaw Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hacksaw Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 2 March 2011 at 13:00.

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