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

The name Haskett belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in the settlement of Hesket in Cumberland or in either of the places called Hesketh in Lancashire and the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Haskett belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.


Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Haskett include Hesketh, Hascoit, Haskett, Hesket, Heskett, Heskit, Heskitt and many more.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haskett research. Another 375 words(27 lines of text) covering the year 1330 is included under the topic Early Haskett History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Haskett were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Haskett Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Massy Haskett, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Richard Haskett, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Sarah and Mary Haskett arrived in Philadelphia in 1822 with a child
  • R. C. Haskett, aged 52, who landed in America from England, in 1892

Haskett Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Maggie Haskett, aged 23, who emigrated to America from Glurbeg, Ireland, in 1907
  • Mary Haskett, aged 20, who landed in America from Glurbeg, Ireland, in 1907
  • Millicent Haskett, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Ardrorsan, Scotland, in 1907
  • Agnes Haskett, aged 45, who landed in America from Ardrorsan, Scotland, in 1907
  • Arthur Haskett, aged 47, who landed in America from Ardrorsan, Scotland, in 1907


  • Chris Haskett (b. 1962), American guitarist
  • Dan Haskett (b. 1952), American animator who designed "Belle" for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
  • Walter Parry Haskett Smith (1859-1946), English rock climber, often called the "Father of Rock Climbing"
  • Dianne Louise Haskett (b. 1955), Canadian politician, mayor of London, Ontario, Canada (1994 to 2000)
  • Wesley Irwin Haskett (b. 1908), Canadian patent attorney in Ontario and politician


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Quod tibi, hoc alteri
Motto Translation: Do unto others what you would want done to yourself.


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  2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  11. ...

The Haskett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Haskett 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.

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