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The name Haskett belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in the settlement of Hesket in Cumberland or in either of the places called Hesketh in Lancashire and the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Haskett belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.


The surname Haskett was first found in Lancashire where "in the year 1275, the 4th of Edward I., Sir William Heskayte, Knight, married the co-heiress of Fytton, and thus became possessed of Rufford, which has since remained the inheritance of this ancient family." [1] Hesketh of Gwyrch Castle, Denbighshire claim descent from the Heskeths of Rossel, Lancashire who in turn claim descent from the original branch in Rufford. [1] Rufford Old Hall, in Rufford, Lancashire built about 1530 for Sir Robert Hesketh is today a National Trust property. It is believed that the property's Great Hall was in 1580, host of works by Shakespeare as one teacher noted "wilim Shakeshaft nowe dwellynge with me." Rufford New Hall is a former country house built by Sir Robert Hesketh in 1760. The township of Shevington in Lancashire was home to the family since early times. "Before the general introduction of dates in the conveyance of landed property, a family existed denominating themselves from this township. The family of Hesketh have possessed property here for several ages, and have been considered as lords of the manor. In the township are a number of ancient mansions: the old Hall or manor-house, the property of the Heskeths, is of the date 1653." [2]

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Haskett include Hesketh, Hascoit, Haskett, Hesket, Heskett, Heskit, Heskitt and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haskett research. Another 295 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1330, 1539, 1588, 1563, 1653, 1597, 1598 and 1846 are included under the topic Early Haskett History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Haskett were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Haskett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Massy Haskett, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Richard Haskett, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Sarah and Mary Haskett arrived in Philadelphia in 1822 with a child
  • R. C. Haskett, aged 52, who landed in America from England, in 1892

Haskett Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Maggie Haskett, aged 23, who emigrated to America from Glurbeg, Ireland, in 1907
  • Mary Haskett, aged 20, who landed in America from Glurbeg, Ireland, in 1907
  • Millicent Haskett, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Ardrorsan, Scotland, in 1907
  • Agnes Haskett, aged 45, who landed in America from Ardrorsan, Scotland, in 1907
  • Arthur Haskett, aged 47, who landed in America from Ardrorsan, Scotland, in 1907

Haskett Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • David Haskett, aged 65, who settled in London, Canada, in 1924


  • Dan Haskett (b. 1952), American animator who designed "Belle" for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
  • Chris Haskett (b. 1962), American guitarist
  • Ray Haskett, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from South Carolina 3rd District, 1990
  • John C. Haskett, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Baxter Springs, Kansas, 1895-99
  • E. W. Haskett, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Alaska Territory, 1884-85
  • Walter Parry Haskett Smith (1859-1946), English rock climber, often called the "Father of Rock Climbing"
  • Mr. Fred Haskett (d. 1941), British Stoker 1st Class from Rhondda Valley, Wales, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Wesley Irwin Haskett (b. 1908), Canadian patent attorney in Ontario and politician
  • Dianne Louise Haskett (b. 1955), Canadian politician, mayor of London, Ontario, Canada (1994 to 2000)


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: Quod tibi, hoc alteri
Motto Translation: Do unto others what you would want done to yourself.


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  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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