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The ancient history of the Haffenden name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in the village of Haffenden in the south-eastern counties of Kent, around Canterbury, Cranbrook, Homewood, and Smarden, around Wadhurst in the county of Sussex.

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The surname Haffenden was first found in Kent where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor at Tenterden and Smarden and at Halden Bugglesden in the north part of Boresile borough. The exact locality of the ancient domain remains obscure.

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Haffenden include Hafenden, Haffenden, Havenden and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haffenden research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Haffenden History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Haffenden or a variant listed above: John Havenden who landed in North America in 1750.

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  • Elizabeth Haffenden (1906-1976), Costume Designer
  • John Haffenden Ph.D., Professor in the field of Literature at the University of Sheffield
  • Robert Haffenden (b. 1968), professional Australian Rules footballer
  • Ray Haffenden, New Zealand rugby league administrator and former player and coach


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The Haffenden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Haffenden Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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