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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.

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The surname Haws was first found in Oxfordshire where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Notables of this surname at this time include Stephen Hawes (died 1523), a popular English poet during the Tudor period. His best known work was "The History of...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Haws Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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
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  • 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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    Other References

    1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    7. 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).
    8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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