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

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During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Havelock occurred in many references, and spelling variations of the name found included Havelock, Havlock, Havilock, Havelocke, Havilok and many more.

First found in Durham where they held a family seat on the English/Scottish border. After the Norman Conquest of England many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient no-man's land. Notable families such as the Percy, the Umfravilles and the Nevilles gathered many supporting clans around them. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. In that century, many of those clans drove their herds south, and they settled in Yorkshire and Lancashire. The name was first recorded in Durham where they are believed to be descended from a great Danich chieftain.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Havelock research. Another 222 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1369, and 1858 are included under the topic Early Havelock History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of illness and the elements, were buried at sea. In North America, early immigrants bearing the family name Havelock, or a spelling variation of the surname include: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

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  • Eric A. Havelock (1903-1988), British (later Canadian and American) scholar
  • Eric Alfred Havelock, British classicist. He served as chair of the classics departments at both Harvard and Yale in the 1960s and 1970s
  • David Havelock Ph.D.,, of the Institute for Microstructural Sciences of the National Research Council of Canada
  • Sir Henry Havelock (1795-1857), British general, active in India
  • Sir Arthur Havelock, Governor of Tasmania, 19011904


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