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Where did the Welsh Haskell family come from? What is the Welsh Haskell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Haskell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Haskell family history?

The Haskell name came to Britain with the Normans. It derives from any of a number of Scandinavian personal names, including the Old Norse name Askell, the Old Danish name Eskil, and the Old Swedish name Ęskil, a contracted form of Asketill. Some of the forms found in Normandy, France included Anschetill, Anketill, Asketin and Anquetin.


Although there are comparatively few Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Haskell have included Haskell, Haskel, Askell, Askel, Askill, Askil, Hascall, Hascal, Haskill and many more.

First found in Monmouthshire (Welsh: Sir Fynwy), where the family held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haskell research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Haskell History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Haskell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many Welsh joined the great migrations to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like their Scottish and Irish neighbors, many Welsh families left their homeland hoping to find hope and prosperity in a land that the English did not exercise a tight rule over. Those Welsh immigrants that successfully traveled to North America went on to make significant contributions to the rapid development of both Canada and the United States in terms of the settling of land and the establishment of industry. They also added to the rich cultural heritage of both countries. An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Haskell:

Haskell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mark Haskell, who settled in Boston in 1620
  • Roger Haskell, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1632
  • Tobias Haskell, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1645
  • William Haskell, who arrived in New England in 1672

Haskell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Richd Haskell, aged 23, landed in America in 1822
  • John Haskell, who arrived in New York in 1835
  • Charles Haskell, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • Charles C Haskell, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • S Haskell, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Haskell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Graham Haskell, who arrived in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Haskell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Haskell, aged 35, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Cheapside"
  • James Haskell, aged 21, a blacksmith, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Violet"

Haskell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Haskell, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875
  • George Haskell arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edwin Fox" in 1875
  • Charlotte Haskell, aged 30, a nurse, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gainsborough" in 1878
  • Mary C. Haskell, aged 7, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gainsborough" in 1878


  • Lieutenant-General William Nafew Haskell (1878-1952), American Director of Civil Protection for the State of New York (1942)
  • Arnold Haskell (1903-1980), American Writer, lecturer and journalist
  • Floyd Kirk Haskell (1916-1998), American Senator
  • Ella J. Knowles Haskell (1860-1911), American first female lawyer in Montana and the first female candidate for state attorney general in the United States
  • Charles Nathaniel Haskell, American lawyer, oilman, and statesman
  • Gordon Haskell (b. 1946), Jazz singer and songwriter and former "King Crimson" vocalist
  • Francis Haskell (1928-2000), English art historian
  • Susan Haskell (b. 1968), Canadian actress
  • James Haskell (b. 1985), British professional Rugby Union player


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The Haskell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Haskell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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