Harwedend History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Today's generation of the Harwedend family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Harwedend family lived in Flintshire, Wales at Hawarden. [1]

Early Origins of the Harwedend family

The surname Harwedend 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.

Early History of the Harwedend family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harwedend research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1206, 1574, 1662, 1735, 1662 and 1686 are included under the topic Early Harwedend History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Harwedend Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Harwedend include Hawarden, Hawardens, Hawerden, Harweden, Harveden, Harvedon and many more.

Early Notables of the Harwedend family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Edward Hawarden (1662-1735), an English Roman Catholic theologian and controversialist from Lancashire. He was the son of Thomas Hawarden...
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Migration of the Harwedend family

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Harwedends to arrive on North American shores: Robert Harveden who landed in North America in 1705.



  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


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