Harwedint History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Harwedint was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Harwedint family lived in Flintshire, Wales at Hawarden.

Early Origins of the Harwedint family

The surname Harwedint 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 Harwedint family

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

Harwedint Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Harwedint are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Harwedint include Hawarden, Hawardens, Hawerden, Harweden, Harveden, Harvedon and many more.

Early Notables of the Harwedint family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Harwedint family

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Harwedint, or a variant listed above: Robert Harveden who landed in North America in 1705.

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