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The Hadaway name is an important part of the history of the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Hadaway is derived from the Old German personal names Hathuwic or Hadewic, or from the Old English personal name Heathuwig, which means war-warrior.

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The surname Hadaway 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.

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 Hadaway were recorded, including Hathaway, Hatheway, Hathoway, Hathway and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hadaway research. Another 287 words (20 lines of text) covering the year 1200 is included under the topic Early Hadaway History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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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 Hadaway family emigrate to North America:

Hadaway Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Peter Hadaway, who arrived in Virginia in 1662
  • Timo Hadaway, who arrived in Virginia in 1693

Hadaway Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas H Hadaway, who landed in New York, NY in 1838

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  • Elizabeth Hadaway, American poet, best known for her book Fire Baton
  • William Snelling Hadaway (1872-1941), American artist from Malden, Massachusetts, known for his work in Madras, India
  • Tom Hadaway (1923-2005), English dramatist, recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Sunderland in 2002


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