The name Hafilend was brought to England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Hafilend 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 Hafilend family
The surname Hafilend 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 Hafilend family
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Hafilend Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Haviland, Havilland, De Haviland and others.
Early Notables of the Hafilend family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hafilend family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World 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 stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Hafilend or a variant listed above: 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 Hafilend 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