Haskett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Haskett family

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]

The parish of Rufford, also in Lancashire was later the family seat of Sir Thomas George Hesketh. There he had New Hall built. "On the north side of the family pew of the Heskeths, is a venerable marble slab, on which are represented a knight and his lady, the former being Thomas Hesketh, who died Oct. 1363." [2]

Early History of the Haskett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haskett research. Another 275 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1330, 1592, 1606, 1644, 1539, 1588, 1563, 1653, 1597, 1598, 1562, 1593, 1562, 1593 and 1846 are included under the topic Early Haskett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Haskett Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Haskett family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Robert Hesketh, of Rufford (died 1539), knighted by Henry VIII for his valour in France; and his son, Sir Thomas Hesketh (died 1588), High Sheriff of Lancashire in 1563; and his son, Robert Hesketh (died 1653), Member of Parliament for Rufford (1597-1598). Richard Hesketh (1562-1593), was a Roman Catholic exile, third son of Sir Thomas Hesketh of Rufford and Martholme, by Alice, daughter of Sir John Holcroft of Holcroft, was baptised at...
Another 81 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Haskett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Haskett migration to the United States +

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 [3]
  • Richard Haskett, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [3]
  • Sarah and Mary Haskett, who 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 immigrated 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 immigrated 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Haskett migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Haskett Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • David Haskett, aged 65, who settled in London, Canada, in 1924

New Zealand Haskett migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Haskett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Haskett, (b. 1844), aged 23, British harness maker travelling from London aboard the ship "Glenmark" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th November 1867 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Haskett (post 1700) +

  • 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 [5]
  • John C. Haskett, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Baxter Springs, Kansas, 1895-99 [5]
  • E. W. Haskett, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Alaska Territory, 1884-85 [5]
  • Walter Parry Haskett Smith (1859-1946), English rock climber, often called the "Father of Rock Climbing"
  • 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)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Fred Haskett, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [6]

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

  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.
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html

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