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The history of the Haven family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in the county of Derbyshire. However, the family resided in Avenelles in the department of Eure, Normandy before coming to England in the just prior to the major flood of Norman emigration in the 11th century.


The surname Haven was first found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Nether Haddon from early times. They were descended from Sir des Biars who attended Duke William at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. and also bore the name of Avenals. William Avennel was this same Sire who was Lord of Biars in the canton d'Isigny in Normandy.

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Avenells, Avenett, Avenet, Avnett, d'Avenell, Davenel, Davenell, Davenall and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haven research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the year 1220 is included under the topic Early Haven History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Haven or a variant listed above were:

Haven Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Haven, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1645

Haven Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Haven, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Osceola"
  • Honor Haven, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Sea Park"
  • William J. Haven (aged 21), a saddler, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Aurora"

  • R. D. Haven, American Republican politician, Mayor of Duluth, Minnesota, 1908-09
  • Nathaniel Appleton Haven (1762-1831), American politician, Representative from New Hampshire 4th District, 1809-11
  • Martin Haven, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Albion, Michigan, 1875-86
  • Malcolm Dexter Haven (b. 1901), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from South Carolina, 1960
  • Joseph E. Haven (1885-1937), American politician, U.S. Consul in Crefeld, 1907-08; Roubaix, 1908-14; Catania, 1914-16; Turin, 1916-20; Avlona, 1919; Trieste, 1920-22; Florence, 1923-37; San Marino, 1929-37
  • John O. Haven, American politician, Member of Minnesota State Senate 30th District, 1872-73
  • John Hilton Haven, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1936; Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1937
  • George W. Haven, American politician, Mayor of Burbank, California, 1965-66, 1969-70
  • F. G. Haven, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 31st District, 1927-30; Member of South Dakota State Senate 30th District, 1933-38
  • Don S. Haven, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Belgrade, 1922; U.S. Consul in San Luis Potosi, 1925; Aguascalientes, 1925; Halifax, 1926
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    Other References

    1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    7. 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.
    8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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    The Haven Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Haven 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 5 February 2016 at 09:42.

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