Haddaway History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The rich and ancient history of the Haddaway family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from the Old German personal names Hathuwic or Hadewic, or from the Old English personal name Heathuwig, which means war-warrior. [1]

Early Origins of the Haddaway family

The surname Haddaway was first found in Herefordshire where Hadeuui was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. [2] For the next hundred years or so, only surnames were used so it is not surprising to see the next entry, that of Hathewi in the Pipe Rolls of Worcester in 1175.

Again in Herefordshire, William Hatewi, Hadewi, Hathewy were listed there in the Pipe Rolls of 1178 and 1181. Nigel Haðewi was found in the Gloucestershire Pipe Rolls of 1208 and Thomas Hatheweye was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Staffordshire in 1380. [1]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included Willelmus de Haythewy. [3]

Moving further to the north in Scotland, "Alexander Hathwy appears as a witness in Linlithgow in 1444 and 1465, and Robert Hadowy was burgess of Lychtcow (Linlithgow), 1460." [4]

Anne Hathaway (1556-1623), the wife of William Shakespeare is thought to have been born in Shottery, a village just to the west of Stratford-upon-Avon where her father, Richard Hathaway, a yeoman farmer died in September 1581.

Early History of the Haddaway family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haddaway research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1502, 1503, 1600, 1607, 1622, 1626, 1646, 1665, 1656, 1702, 1700, 1701, 1702 and 1602 are included under the topic Early Haddaway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Haddaway Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Haddaway have been found, including Hathaway, Hatheway, Hathoway, Hathway and others.

Early Notables of the Haddaway family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Richard Hathaway ( fl. 1702), an English impostor, a blacksmith's apprentice of Southwark. "In February 1700 he gave out that he was bewitched by an old woman named Sarah Morduck, the wife of a waterman, and that, as an effect of her sorcery, he vomited nails and pins, was unable to eat, speak, or open his eyes, and was otherwise strangely affected. His only remedy was to scratch Morduck until she bled, when he recovered for a time. He prepared a narrative of his case, but the printer to whom he took the copy...
Another 248 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Haddaway Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Haddaway family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Haddaway, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : Joe Hathoway settled in New England in 1635; Francis Hathaway settled in Virginia in 1652; John and Susan Hathaway settled in Boston in 1635.


Contemporary Notables of the name Haddaway (post 1700) +

  • Jeannie Haddaway -Riccio (b. 1977), American politician, Member of the Maryland House of Delegates from District 37B (2003-2015)
  • Nestor Alexander Haddaway (b. 1965), known by his stage name Haddaway, a Trinidadian-German musician best known for his 1993 hit single "What Is Love"


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)


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