Harwedant History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
- Origins Available:
Harwedant is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Harwedant family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Harwedant family lived in Flintshire, Wales at Hawarden.
Early Origins of the Harwedant family
The surname Harwedant 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 Harwedant family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harwedant research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1206, 1574, 1662 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Harwedant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Harwedant Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Harwedant have been found, including Hawarden, Hawardens, Hawerden, Harweden, Harveden, Harvedon and many more.
Early Notables of the Harwedant family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Harwedant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Harwedant family
For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. 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 Harwedant were among those contributors: Robert Harveden who landed in North America in 1705.