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Where did the English Hawley family come from? What is the English Hawley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hawley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hawley family history?The name Hawley reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Hawley family lived in Hawley, Somerset. The most probable derivation of this name suggests that it comes from the Old Norman word haugr, which means mound, and the Old English leah, which means clearing. Another derivation supported by some examples suggests that the name indicates tat the name is an anglocized version of the place-name La Haule-De-Bec in Greteuil, Normandy.
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hawley family name include Hawley, Hawly and others.
First found in Somerset where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
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To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Hawley family to immigrate North America:
Hawley Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Hawley Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Hawley Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Hawley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hawley 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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