Show ContentsHalsted History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Halsted surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they 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.

Early Origins of the Halsted family

The surname Halsted 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] 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] 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] 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.

Early History of the Halsted family

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Halsted Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Halsted include Halstead, Halsted and others.

Early Notables of the Halsted family (pre 1700)

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Halsted Ranking

In the United States, the name Halsted is the 18,194th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

United States Halsted migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Halsted Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George Halsted, who settled in Virginia in 1731
  • John Halsted, who landed in Ohio in 1798 [4]
Halsted Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J L Halsted, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [4]

Canada Halsted migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Halsted Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Halsted, who arrived in Canada in 1841

Australia Halsted migration to Australia +

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

Halsted Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Halsted, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Halsted (post 1700) +

  • Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Halsted (1906-1975), American writer who worked as a newspaper editor and children's books author, the eldest child and only daughter of the U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt and assisted him as his advisor during World War II
  • William Stewart Halsted (1852-1922), pioneering American surgeon
  • George Bruce Halsted (1853-1922), American mathematician
  • Byron Halsted (1852-1918), American biologist and educator
  • James L. Halsted, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 3rd District, 1860-61 [6]
  • Frederick A. Halsted, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State Treasurer, 1938; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 10th District, 1940 [6]
  • Frank W. Halsted, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Poughkeepsie, New York, 1899-1900 [6]
  • David Crane Halsted (b. 1941), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Chad, 1996- [6]
  • Charles L. Halsted (1894-1968), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives, 1937-47; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960 [6]
  • Mrs. Charles Halsted, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1948 [6]
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  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)
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. 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)
  5. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 6) . Retrieved from on Facebook