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

The Anglo-Saxon name Haws comes from the Old French personal name Haueis and the Old German personal name Hadewidis, which literally means battlewide. The surname Haws may also be derived from residence "at the haw", which refers to a garth, yard, or enclosure. In this case, Haws 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.


Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Haws were recorded, including Hawes, Hawe, Haugh, Haughes, Hause and others.

First found in Oxfordshire where they held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haws research. Another 382 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1327, and 1523 are included under the topic Early Haws History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Haws Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Haws family emigrate to North America:

Haws Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Rowland Haws, who landed in Maryland in 1667

Haws Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Haws, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Jane Haws, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • George Haws, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1740
  • Hans Peter Haws, aged 36, landed in Pennsylvania in 1741
  • Johanes Haws, aged 18, landed in Pennsylvania in 1741

Haws Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John W Haws, who landed in New York in 1845


  • Kurt Leroy Haws (b. 1969), former American NFL football tight end
  • Spencer Mason Haws (b. 1988), American basketball player
  • John Henry Hobart Haws (1809-1858), United States Representative from New York
  • Larry W. Haws (b. 1940), American Minnesota politician
  • Tyler Haws (b. 1991), American college basketball player


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The Haws Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Haws 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 22 February 2013 at 08:52.

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