Hassard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Hassard family name is thought to be of Norman origins. It comes from an early member of the family who was a person who takes chances or a gambler which is derived from the Old French word hasard, which means a game of dice, played by a gambler or one who was prepared to run risks. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. "The orthography was originally Hasssart, and the extinct dukes of Charante [Normandy] were of the same family." 
Early Origins of the Hassard family
The surname Hassard was first found in Gloucestershire where "soon after the Conquest a branch settled." 
Early History of the Hassard family
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Hassard Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Hazard, Hasard, Hassard and others.
Early Notables of the Hassard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hassard family to Ireland
Some of the Hassard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 77 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hassard migration to the United States +
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Hassard or a variant listed above:
Hassard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Edward Hassard settled on the Island of Providence in 1635
- Edward Hassard, aged 24, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 
- Thomas Hassard, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1636 
- Benjamin Hassard, who settled in New England in 1654
Hassard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- M Hassard, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 
Hassard 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:
Hassard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr. Francis Hassard, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "England" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 6th February 1867 
Contemporary Notables of the name Hassard (post 1700) +
- John Rose Greene Hassard (1836-1888), American editor and historian, assistant editor of the American Cyclopedia from 1857 to 1863
- Michael Dobbyn Hassard (1817-1869), Irish Conservative Party politician from County Waterford, Member of Parliament for Waterford City (1857-1865)
- Robert Pelham "Bob" Hassard (1888-1953), Canadian car dealer, farmer and politician who represented Biggar from 1925 to 1929 and from 1934 to 1938 in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
- Michael Dobbyn Hassard (1817-1869), Irish Conservative Party politician, Member of Parliament for Waterford City (1857 – 1865)
- Stacey Hassard, Canadian politician, Leader of the Opposition in the Yukon Legislative Assembly (2016-), Leader of the Yukon Party (2016-), Minister of Economic Development (2015-2016)
- Dean Hassard, Canadian politician who represented the electoral district of Pelly-Nisutlin in the Yukon Legislative Assembly (2002-2006)
- Robert Harry "Bob" Hassard (1929-2010), Canadian NHL centre
Related Stories +
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ 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)
- ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html