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Early Origins of the Hailstone family

The surname Hailstone was first found in Shropshire at Halston, an extra-parochial liberty, in the hundred of Oswestry. "The Knights Templars had a preceptory here, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, which subsequently belonged to the Hospitallers. Halston House is a handsome mansion, in front of which is a fine sheet of water, formed by a diversion of the channel of the river Perry." [1]

However, we must look to Cheshire to find some of the first entries for the family. Thomas Halstein was listed there in 1227 and the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273-1279 included a listing for John Halsteyn. The Subsidy Rolls of 1327 included an entry for William Halsteyn. A few years later, John de Halston was recorded in the Subsidy Rolls for Worcestershire in 1332. [2]

Early History of the Hailstone family

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Hailstone Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hailstone have been found, including Hailstone, Halstone, Halston, Hailston, Helistones, Ailston, Ailstone, Aylston and many more.

Early Notables of the Hailstone family (pre 1700)

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United States Hailstone migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Hailstone, or a variant listed above:

Hailstone Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Hailstone, who settled in America in 1765

Australia Hailstone migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hailstone Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Hailstone, aged 36, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Marion" [3]

New Zealand Hailstone migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hailstone Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Hailstone, (b. 1835), aged 27, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Edward Thornhill" arriving in Nelson, South Island, New Zealand in 1862 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hailstone (post 1700) +

  • Stephen Hailstone (1865-1934), American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Utah, 1916 (member, Committee on Permanent Organization) [5]
  • Herbert Hailstone (1850-1896), English author and scholar who grew up in Bottisham, Cambridgeshire, the son of Reverend John Hailstone
  • Samuel Hailstone (1768-1851), English botanist, born at Hoxton, near London [6]
  • John Hailstone (1759-1847), English geologist, born near London on 13 Dec. 1759 and was placed at an early age under the care of a maternal uncle at York [6]
  • Dominic Hailstone (b. 1973), English film director, screenwriter and digital artist
  • Bernard Hailstone (1910-1987), English painter, best known for his Second World War portraits of transport and civil defence workers
  • Reginald John "Reg" Hailstone (1901-1963), Australian grazier and civic leader in the Lachlan Valley area of New South Wales
  • Stuart Hailstone (1962-2020), South African squash player, representing South Africa and Scotland

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARION 1851 - HER HISTORY. Retrieved
  4. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, August 18) . Retrieved from
  6. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020 on Facebook