Hafilan is one of the many new names that came to England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Hafilan family lived in Somerset
and Guernsey. Their name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066, Haverland in Contantin, Normandy.
Early Origins of the Hafilan family
The surname Hafilan was first found in Somerset
and Guernsey where "a member of the ancient Norman family of De Havilland of Guernsey settled in Somersetshire temp.
Henry VII., and founded this surname in England." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The original Guernsey family settled there before 1176.
Early History of the Hafilan family
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Hafilan Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Haviland, Havilland, De Haviland and others.
Early Notables of the Hafilan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hafilan family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Hafilan or a variant listed above were: Miles Haviland settled in Rhode Island in 1679; Mathew Haviland settled in Barbados in 1680 with his servants; Arthur, Daniel, Francis, Henry, James, John Haviland, all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..
The Hafilan Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Dominus fortissima turris
Motto Translation: The Lord is the strong tower