Show ContentsHallowell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Hallowell date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Hallowell family lived near a holy spring having derived from the Old English terms halli, which meant holy, and welle, which meant spring. [1]

There are several place-names that are also derived from these words, including Halliwell in Lancashire, Holwell in Dorset and Oxfordshire, and Holywell and Northumberland.

Early Origins of the Hallowell family

The surname Hallowell was first found in Lancashire at Halliwell, a township, and ecclesiastical district, in the parish of Deane, union of Bolton, hundred of Salford. " The first mention of Halliwell occurs in the 17th year of the reign of John, when the abbot of Cockersand had an exemption from fines and amerciaments, by a charter of that date from the king." [2]

Hollowell is a hamlet, in the parish and hundred of Guilsborough, union of Brixworth, S. division of the county of Northampton. "The former of these two places has made Halliwell a familiar surname in South Lancashire." [3]

However, by the time of the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 the name was scattered throughout ancient Britain: Adam de Holewell, Norfolk; Simon de Holewell, Bedfordshire; John de Holowell, Buckinghamshire; Godfrey de Haliwell, London; and Richard de Holewell, Huntingdonshire. [3]

In Somerset, John de Holewell and Edith atte Holywelle were both listed 1 Edward III (in other words during the first year of King Edward III's reign). [4]

Further to the south in Devon, the Testa de Nevill, sive Liber Feodorum, temp. Henry III-Edward I listed William de Halegewelle. [5]

Later in Scotland, Halywell is mentioned in Berwick Retours and Thomas de Halywell was superior of the Abbey of Kelso in 1465. "Robert Halywell was notary public in St. Andrews diocese, 1473. Thomas Halywell, a Scot born at Grynlawe, in 1480 had letters of denization in England, John Halywell was killed in 1535 and William Halywell was burgess of Linlithgow, 1537." [6]

Early History of the Hallowell family

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Hallowell Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Hallowell are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Hallowell include: Halliwell, Halligwell, Haliwell and others.

Early Notables of the Hallowell family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Oibert Halliwell of Halliwell; and Edward Halliwell, English fellow of King's College, Cambridge from 1535 to 1548 who wrote the lost tragedy, Dido, which was performed before Queen Elizabeth I during her royal visit to the university on 7 August 1564. John Holwell (1649-1686) was an English astrologer and mathematician. He claimed descent from the Holwells of Holwell House, near Tavistock, Devon, and his father and...
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Hallowell Ranking

In the United States, the name Hallowell is the 8,197th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [7]

United States Hallowell migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Hallowell or a variant listed above:

Hallowell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Gabriel Hallowell, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1631 [8]
  • William Hallowell, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1653 [8]
  • James Hallowell, who landed in Maryland in 1667 [8]
  • John Hallowell, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682 [8]
Hallowell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Hallowell, aged 35, who landed in New York in 1854 [8]
  • Jane Hallowell, aged 33, who landed in New York in 1868 [8]

Canada Hallowell migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hallowell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Benjamin Hallowell U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 [9]

West Indies Hallowell migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [10]
Hallowell Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Hugh Hallowell, aged 22, who arrived in St Christopher in 1635 [8]
  • Mr. Huyn Hallowell, (b. 1613), aged 22, British settler traveling aboard the ship "Matthew" arriving in St Christopher (Saint Kitts) in 1635 [11]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hallowell (post 1700) +

  • Benjamin Hallowell (1799-1877), American academic, 1st President of the Maryland Agricultural College (1859-1860)
  • Harriet Hallowell (1873-1943), American painter, expatriate, volunteer for the French Red Cross and advocate for Allied prisoners in World War I
  • Sarah Tyson Hallowell (1846-1924), American curator, art agent for the Chicago Art Institute and volunteer for the French Red Cross during World War I
  • Sarah Catherine Fraley Hallowell (1833-1914), American journalist and editor of The New Century for Women and the Public Ledger, founder and first president of the New Century Club
  • Norwood Penrose "Pen" Hallowell (1839-1914), U.S. Army officer during the American Civil War, brother of Edward Needles Hallowell
  • Edward Needles "Ned" Hallowell (1836-1871), U.S. Army officer during the American Civil War, commander of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry
  • Edward Hallowell, American psychiatrist known for his work on attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD and ADHD)
  • Edward Hallowell (1808-1860), American physician and herpetologist
  • Alfred Irving "Pete" Hallowell (1892-1974), American anthropologist, archaeologist and businessman
  • Lauren Hallowell (b. 1989), English ice hockey player for Great Britain women's national ice hockey team
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  2. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  5. Testa de Nevill or "Liber Feodorum" or "Book of Fees," thought to have been written by Ralph de Nevill, for King John (1199–1216)
  6. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  7. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  8. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  9. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  11. Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's (Retrieved October 4th 2021 from on Facebook