The lineage of the name Halywell begins with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they 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 Holywell and Northumberland.
Early Origins of the Halywell family
The surname Halywell 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.
Early History of the Halywell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Halywell research.Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1535, 1548, 1564, 1649, 1686 and 1655 are included under the topic Early Halywell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Halywell Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Halywell has undergone many spelling variations
, including Halliwell, Halligwell, Haliwell and others.
Early Notables of the Halywell 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... Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Halywell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Halywell family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Halywell were among those contributors: Richard Halliwell settled in New York State in 1774.