Attaway History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the name Attaway are with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the Old German personal names Hathuwic or Hadewic, or from the Old English personal name Heathuwig, which means war-warrior.

Early Origins of the Attaway family

The surname Attaway was first found in Gloucestershire 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.

Important Dates for the Attaway family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Attaway research. Another 60 words (4 lines of text) covering the year 1200 is included under the topic Early Attaway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Attaway Spelling Variations

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. Attaway has been spelled many different ways, including Hathaway, Hatheway, Hathoway, Hathway and others.

Early Notables of the Attaway family (pre 1700)

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Attaway migration to the United States

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 Attaways to arrive in North America:

Attaway Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Attaway, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 [1]
  • Ja Attaway, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 [1]
  • William Attaway, who landed in Virginia in 1663 [1]

Attaway migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Attaway Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Richard Attaway, (b. 1837), aged 19, British labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Isabella Hercus" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th January 1856 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Attaway (post 1700)

  • William N. Attaway, American politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of Los Angeles, California, 1949 [3]
  • William C. Attaway Jr., American Republican politician, Member of Arizona State House of Representatives, 1963-64 [3]
  • Floyd Attaway, American politician, Mayor of Hayward, California, 1960 [3]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from
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