Haddelough History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Haddelough is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Haddelough family once lived near Hadlow, a place-name found in Kent and the West Riding of Yorkshire. The place-name Hadlow is derived from the Old English elements hæth, which meant heather, and hlaw, which meant small hill. The place-name as a whole means "small hill where the heather grows." The original bearers of the name probably lived on or near such a hill. [1]

Early Origins of the Haddelough family

The surname Haddelough was first found in Kent at Hadlow, a village in the Medway valley, near Tonbridge which dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Haslow and was held by Richard de Tonebridge. [2] By 1235, the village was known as Hadlou. [1]

Hadlow Castle was built in the late 1780s and is now listed as a Grade I listed country house and tower. Hadlow Tower, known locally as May's Folly, is a Victorian Gothic tower, and one of the largest in Britain.

Early History of the Haddelough family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haddelough research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1670, 1747, 1670, 1685, 1686, 1692, 1694, 1699, 1707, 1747 and 1748 are included under the topic Early Haddelough History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Haddelough Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Haddelough family name include Hadlow, Hadlo, Hadelow, Hadloe, Hadllow, Hadlowe, Hadlough and many more.

Early Notables of the Haddelough family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John de Hadlo of Kent, a distinguished landholder during the reign of Edward 1st. James Hadow (1670?-1747),was a Scottish controversial writer, born in the parish of Douglas, Lanarkshire, probably before 1670. We presume he is the same James Hadow who published two Latin theses at Utrecht in 1685 and 1686 respectively and was accordingly educated abroad...
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Haddelough Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Haddelough family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Haddelough surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Edea Hadelow, who came to Maryland in 1666 and Thomas Hadloe, also to Maryland, in 1667.



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)


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