The name Haselhorst is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in one of the settlements called Hazelhurst in Lancashire
, or Sussex
, or near any woodland noted for its hazel trees. Thus, the surname Haselhorst belongs to both the category of habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads, and to the class of topographic
surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.
Early Origins of the Haselhorst family
The surname Haselhorst was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
both before and after the Norman Conquest
in the year 1066.
Early History of the Haselhorst family
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Haselhorst 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 Haselhorst 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. 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. The variations of the name Haselhorst include: Hazelhurst, Haselhurst, Hazlehurst, Haslehurst and many more.
Early Notables of the Haselhorst family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Haselhorst family to the New World and Oceana
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 Haselhorst or a variant listed above: Cuthbert Hayhurst settled in Pennsylvania in 1682 with his wife Mary and six children; Jane Hazelhurst settled with her husband and three children in Philadelphia in 1822.