Hadlow History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Hadlow surname 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.
Early Origins of the Hadlow family
The surname Hadlow 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.  By 1235, the village was known as Hadlou.  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.
Important Dates for the Hadlow family
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Hadlow Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Hadlow are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Hadlow include: Hadlow, Hadlo, Hadelow, Hadloe, Hadllow, Hadlowe, Hadlough and many more.
Early Notables of the Hadlow family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hadlow family
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Hadlow or a variant listed above: Edea Hadelow, who came to Maryland in 1666 and Thomas Hadloe, also to Maryland, in 1667.
Contemporary Notables of the name Hadlow (post 1700)
- Earl Bryce Hadlow, prominent American lawyer from Jacksonville, Florida
- Janice Vivienne Hadlow (b. 1957), British television executive, former controller of the BBC television channel BBC Two
- Mark Hadlow (b. 1957), New Zealand actor and comedian
- Martin Hadlow, Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Communication for Development and Social Change in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Queensland
- Aaron Hadlow, British three-time world kitesurf champion
- Graham Hadlow, Welsh artist
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)