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

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Heslop is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in a valley noted for having many hazel trees. This name belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees. The surname Heslop is derived from the Old English word hæsel and the Old Norse word hesli, which both mean hazel, and from the Old English word hop, which refers to a valley or a hollow between two hills.

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The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Heslop has been spelled many different ways, including Heaslip, Hislop, Haslop, Haslip, Heslep, Hyslop and many more.

First found in Yorkshire 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heslop research. Another 275 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1349, 1366, and 1455 are included under the topic Early Heslop History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Heslop family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 112 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Heslops to arrive in North America:

Heslop Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Heslop, who landed in New York in 1801
  • Robert Heslop, aged 40, arrived in Alexandria, Va in 1818
  • Jane Heslop, who arrived in Illinois in 1835
  • E. M. Heslop, aged 38, who settled in America from Basingstone, in 1895
  • Yherne Heslop, aged 30, who settled in America, in 1899

Heslop Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • William F. Heslop, aged 28, who landed in America from London, in 1903
  • Norman Heslop, aged 33, who settled in America from Bishop Auckland, in 1904
  • George Heslop, aged 25, who landed in America from Hexham, England, in 1904
  • George Heslop, aged 58, who settled in America from London, England, in 1908
  • Arthur Taylor Heslop, aged 28, who landed in America from Bishop, England, in 1908


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  • J Malan Heslop (1923-2011), American World War II combat photographer who documented evidence of Nazi war crimes
  • Desiree Heslop (b. 1961), English singer, who uses the stage name "Princess"
  • Simon Heslop (b. 1987), English professional footballer
  • George Heslop (1940-2006), English footballer
  • Linda Heslop, Canadian artist, carver, sculptor, writer & photographer
  • Major Richard Harry Heslop (1907-1973), British Special Operations Executive agent


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