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Early Origins of the Haslett family

The surname Haslett was first found in Surrey where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Haslett family

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Haslett Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Haslett include Hazlet, Hazlett, Hazlitt, Hasslet, Hasslett, Hazlit, Haslitt, Hezlit, Hezlitt, Hezlett, Hezlet, Heaslitt, Heaslett, Hazled, Hazelhead, Hasslitt, Aslett, Azlett, Astlett and many more.

Early Notables of the Haslett family (pre 1700)

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Haslett Ranking

In the United States, the name Haslett is the 13,500th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Haslett family to Ireland

Some of the Haslett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Haslett migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Haslett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry Haslett, who landed in America in 1795 [2]
Haslett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Haslett, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808 [2]
  • Fortescue Haslett, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815 [2]
  • William Haslett, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1834 [2]
  • Samuel Haslett, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • Robert S Haslett, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Haslett 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:

Haslett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • H. Haslett, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ismay" in 1870
  • Mr. Robert Haslett, (b. 1859), aged 18, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Marlborough" arriving in Bluff, South Island, New Zealand on 4th November 1877 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Haslett (post 1700) +

  • John F. Haslett, American writer
  • James Donald "Jim" Haslett (b. 1955), American football coach and former linebacker, current defensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins
  • Adam Haslett (b. 1970), American fiction writer, New York Magazine Writer of the Year (2002)
  • William A. Haslett, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Montgomery County 2nd District, 1848 [4]
  • William Haslett, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate, 1850-52 (24th District 1850, 21st District 1851-52) [4]
  • Robert Haslett, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Delaware County, 1909 [4]
  • Diane Haslett, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1972 [4]
  • Dame Caroline Harriet Haslett DBE, JP (1895-1957), British electrical engineer and electricity industry administrator. the first secretary of the Women's Engineering Society
  • Alexander Haslett (1883-1951), Irish independent politician

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Maurice John Haslett, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and survived the sinking [5]

The Haslett 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: Semper fidelis
Motto Translation: Always faithful.

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  2. 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)
  3. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 1) . Retrieved from
  5. HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook