Hallowell 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. 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 where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for 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...
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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 [1]
  • Hugh Hallowell, aged 22, who arrived in St Christopher in 1635 [1]
  • William Hallowell, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1653 [1]
  • James Hallowell, who landed in Maryland in 1667 [1]
  • John Hallowell, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682 [1]
Hallowell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Hallowell, aged 35, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • Jane Hallowell, aged 33, who landed in New York in 1868 [1]

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 [2]

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
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ 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
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