Harwedane History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Harwedane is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066. The Harwedane family lived in Flintshire, Wales at Hawarden.

Early Origins of the Harwedane family

The surname Harwedane was first found in Flintshire, Wales at Hawarden, a small village near the border of Cheshire and Wales. Legend has it that in the Church a statue of the Virgin Mary fell in 946, killing the wife of the Governor of the Castle. The statue was put on trial and condemned to death by drowning. The statue floated up the River Dee and washed up at Chester. Hawarden Castle, built much later, after the Hawardens had left, was occupied during the 19th century by William Gladstone, Prime Minister of England.

Important Dates for the Harwedane family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harwedane research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1206, 1574, 1662 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Harwedane History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Harwedane Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Hawarden, Hawardens, Hawerden, Harweden, Harveden, Harvedon and many more.

Early Notables of the Harwedane family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Harwedane family

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Harwedane or a variant listed above: Robert Harveden who landed in North America in 1705.

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