Harwedyn is one of the many names that the Normans
brought with them when they conquered England
in 1066. The Harwedyn family lived in Flintshire
Early Origins of the Harwedyn family
The surname Harwedyn was first found in Flintshire
at Hawarden, a small village near the border of Cheshire
. 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 Harwedyn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harwedyn research.Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1206, 1574, 1662 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Harwedyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Harwedyn Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Hawarden, Hawardens, Hawerden, Harweden, Harveden, Harvedon and many more.
Early Notables of the Harwedyn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harwedyn family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Harwedyn name or one of its variants: Robert Harveden who landed in North America in 1705.