Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. One of the most common classes of surname is the patronymic surname, which was usually derived from the first name of the person's father. Flemish surnames of this type are often characterized by the diminutive suffix -kin, which became very frequent in England during the 14th century. The surname Hagland is derived from the personal name Haghel.
Early Origins of the Hagland family
Somerset, where they held a family seat from very early times.
Early History of the Hagland family
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Hagland Spelling Variations
Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Hagell, Haghel, Hagle, Hagel, Hagelle and others.
Early Notables of the Hagland family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hagland family to the New World and Oceana
In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Hagland were found: Louis Hagel (1754), William Hagle (1795), John Hagel (1852) and Charles Hagle (1867), all of whom sailed to Philadelphia, Pa.
Contemporary Notables of the name Hagland (post 1700)
Historic Events for the Hagland family
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