Haselden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Haselden date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Haselden family lived in one of a variety of similarly-named places. The parishes of Cold Hesleton (Hesleden) and Monk Hesleton (Hesleden) are in Durham. Both date back to Saxon times when they were collectively known as Heseldene c. 1050 and literally meant "valley where hazels grow." [1]

Haslingden in Lancashire dates back to 1241 when it was known as Heselingedon and meant "valley where hazels grow." [1] Hazeldon Farm is in Wiltshire, and Hazelton is in Gloucestershire. The surname Haselden belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Haselden family

The surname Haselden was first found in Sussex at ancient manor in or near Dallington. [2] The name is derived from the Old English words hoesel + denu, which mean "Hazel" + "valley." [3] Hazleton Abbey was an abbey in Gloucestershire.

Early rolls revealed Robert de Heseldene in the Assize Rolls for Surham in 1243; Alexander de Haselinden in Kirkstal, Yorkshire in 1258; Reginald de Haselden in the Hundredorum Rolls for Warwickshire in 1275; and William de Heseldenn in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussexin in 1296. [4]

In Somerset, early records there found: William de Haseldin; and Adam Haseldene, both listed 1, Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) [5]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included: Willelmus de Hesledyn; and Jeppe de Hesilden as both hold lands there at that time. [6]

Early History of the Haselden family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haselden research. Another 66 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1740, 1595, 1690, 1763 and 1710 are included under the topic Early Haselden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Haselden Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Haselden are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Haselden include: Hazeltine, Hazelton, Hazletine, Hasleden, Hazleton, Haseltine, Haselton, Hasletine, Haslett, Aseltine and many more.

Early Notables of the Haselden family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Thomas Haselden (d. 1740), English mathematician who was for some time schoolmaster at Wapping Old Stairs, and afterwards 'head-master of the Royal Academy at Portsmouth.' [7] Richard Hasleton ( fl. 1595), was an English traveller who has related his travels in the very scarce 'Strange and wonderful things happened to Rd. Hasleton, borne at Braintree...
Another 61 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Haselden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Haselden family to Ireland

Some of the Haselden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 41 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Haselden family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Haselden or a variant listed above: William Hassleton, who came to Barbados in 1679; William Hazledine settled in New England in 1775; Charles Hazeltine settled in Philadelphia in 1774; John Hazelton settled in New York State in 1811.


Contemporary Notables of the name Haselden (post 1700) +

  • Frances Isabella Haselden (1842-1936), English-born, New Zealand headmistress
  • William Kerridge Haselden (1872-1953), English cartoonist and caricaturist; he contributed to Punch as a theatrical caricaturist from 1906 to 1936
  • Frederick Henry Haselden (1849-1934), New Zealand politician, Member of the New Zealand Parliament for Patea from 1901 to 1902
  • Ron Haselden (b. 1944), British light, sound, film and video artist
  • John James Haselden (b. 1943), British footballer and football manager; he played from 1961 to 1972 and managed Huddersfield Town in 1977
  • William Haselden Ellerbe (1862-1899), American politician, 86th Governor of South Carolina (1897-1899), 25th Comptroller General of South Carolina (1890-1894)


The Haselden Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Pro aris et focis
Motto Translation: For our altars and our homes


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  6. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  7. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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