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The ancestry of the name Halstead dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in Halstead, a place name found in Essex, Kent, and Leicestershire. The place name is derived from the Old English terms heald, which meant refuge or shelter, and stede, which meant place. The name as a whole means "place of shelter," and probably refers to a place which was well sheltered from the elements. The family name would have meant "dweller at a place of refuge." There is a second origin for this name, making it a polygenetic surname. It may also be occupational, referring to a "worker at the hall buildings," or a person who took care of livestock.

Halstead Early Origins



The surname Halstead was first found in Essex where town and civil parish located in Braintree District. The Domesday Book offers two listing for the place Halstead. The first was listed as Haltesteda [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
in Essex, land held by William de Warenne and part of the Hundred of Hinckford. The land held 2 hides (land enough for two households) less 4 acres where 30 free men lived before the Conquest. Over in Leicestershire, the village Elstede [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
was listed in the same reference as land held by the King, part of Allexton and was 3 carucates of land, less 2 bovates; in other words much smaller than the Essex village. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
To complicate things more, Halstead is a village and civil parish in the Sevenoaks District of Kent, but this village is not listed in the Domesday Book.

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Halstead Spelling Variations


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Halstead 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 Halstead have been found, including Halstead, Halsted and others.

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Halstead Early History


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Halstead Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Halstead research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1181, 1794 and 1878 are included under the topic Early Halstead History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Halstead Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Halstead Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Halstead Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Halstead, or a variant listed above:

Halstead Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Halstead who arrived in New York State in 1775
  • John Halstead, who arrived in New York in 1798

Halstead Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Halstead, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • David, and Joseph Halstead arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1856

Halstead Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Halstead arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Princess Royal" in 1848
  • Henry Halstead, aged 22, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Halstead (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Halstead (post 1700)



  • William Storm Halstead (1903-1987), American inventor of stereophonic broadcasting in 1950
  • Bianca Halstead (1965-2001), American rock musician, the bassist and lead singer of the bands Betty Blowtorch and Butt Trumpet
  • Rebecca Stevens "Becky" Halstead (b. 1959), retired U.S. Army Brigadier General, former commander of the U.S. Army Ordnance Center
  • Dirck Halstead (b. 1936), American photographer; he was Life magazine's youngest combat photographer covering the Guatemalan Civil War at the age of 17, two-time winner of the NPPA Picture of the Year and awarded the Robert Capa Gold Medal, son of William Storm Halstead
  • Fred W. Halstead (1927-1988), American politician, candidate for President of the United States of the Socialist Workers Party in 1968
  • William Halstead (1794-1878), American Whig Party politician, Member of the United States House of Representatives for New Jersey (18371839) and (1841-1843)
  • Henry Halstead (1897-1984), American bandleader, founder of the Henry Halstead Orchestra that made over 100 phonograph records
  • Benjamin Terry Halstead (1850-1917), American Democrat politician, Candidate for Circuit Judge in Michigan 33rd Circuit, 1899, 1911; Candidate for Michigan State Board of Agriculture, 1909
  • Benjamin Howard Halstead (1876-1943), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1932; Member of Michigan State Board of Agriculture, 1934-39; Defeated, 1925, 1939, 1941
  • Albert Halstead (1867-1949), American politician, U.S. Consul in Birmingham, 1906-15; U.S. Consul General in Vienna, 1915-17; Stockholm, 1918-19; Montreal, 1920-27; London, 1929-32
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Halstead


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Suggested Readings for the name Halstead



  • Three Hundred and Fifty Years of Halsteads in America by Gary Allen Halstead.

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Halstead Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

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  2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Halstead Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Halstead Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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