Hassell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Hassell family

The surname Hassell was first found in Cheshire at Hassall, a village and civil parish in the Borough of Cheshire East which dates back to at least the Domesday Book where it was listed as Etshale as land held by William Malbank. At that time it was part of the Middlewich Hundred and was land enough for two ploughs. [1] [2]

The place name literally means "the witch's nook of land" derived from the Old English haegtesse + halh. By the 13th century, the place name had evolved to be spelt Hatishale. [3]

Hassall Hall is a former manor house to the east of the village and dates from the 17th century. It was upgraded in the 19th century and has since been divided into two houses. Today, the buildings are designated by the English Heritage as a Grade II listed buildings. Hassall Green is a village in the civil parish of Betchton, near Hassall.

"The ancient family of Hassall or Hassell possessed the lordship of the manor of the name as far back as the reign of Edward II.; in later times a branch has established itself in Nantwich." [4]

The first record of the family was found in Oxfordshire in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, John de Hassett. It was not until 1299 when we find a Cheshire entry, that of Henry de Hasshal, there in 1299. [5]

Early History of the Hassell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hassell research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1045, 1667, 1627, 1644, 1650, 1655, 1667, 1655, 1680, 1710, 1690 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Hassell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hassell Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Hassell are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Hassell include Hassall, Hassel, Hassell, Hasell, Hasel, Hassal, Hassul and many more.

Early Notables of the Hassell family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Edward Hassall or Halsall ( fl. 1667), English Royalist, born about 1627, probably a member of an old family seated at Halsall, near Ormskirk, Lancashire. "He fought in the defence of Lathom House in 1644, and was wounded. Hassall, who attained the rank of major, was one of the four cavaliers who, on 5 June 1650, assassinated Anthony Ascham [q. v.] at Madrid (Cal. Clarendon State Papers, ii. 63, 220, 343). He was imprisoned there for four months, but in October was released, and went to England to act as a spy on the...
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United States Hassell migration to the United States +

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Hassell, or a variant listed above:

Hassell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Hassell, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • William Hassell, aged 24, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [6]
  • John Hassell, who landed in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1636 [6]
  • Richard Hassell, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1647 [6]
  • Alice Hassell, who arrived in Maryland in 1660
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hassell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Hassell, who settled in New England in 1743
  • Ann Hassell, who arrived in America in 1762
  • Ernst Hassell, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1778 [6]
Hassell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Benjn. Hassell, who settled in Philadelphia in 1808
  • Abraham Hassell, who settled in New York, NY in 1823
  • Sampson Hassell, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823 [6]
  • Margareth Hassell, aged 26, who arrived in New York in 1854 [6]
  • Caroline Hassell, aged 8, who arrived in New York in 1854 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Hassell migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hassell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Patrick Hassell, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Australia Hassell migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hassell Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Hassall (1794-1868) English clergyman, grazier and magistrate, who arrived in Australia with his family in 1798 settling in Camden
Hassell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • A.H. Hassell, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Senator" in 1849 [7]
  • William Hassell, aged 32, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Ascendant" [8]
  • William Hassell, aged 32, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Ascendant" in 1851 [8]
  • Pricilla Hassell, aged 31, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Ascendant" in 1851 [8]
  • William Hassell, aged 11, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Ascendant" in 1851 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Hassell 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:

Hassell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry Hassell, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "John Scott" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 7th March 1858 [9]
  • Mrs. Sarah Hassell, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "John Scott" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 7th March 1858 [9]
  • Mr. J. Hassell, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "James Nicol Fleming" arriving in Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand on 26th October 1870 [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hassell (post 1700) +

  • Jon Hassell (1937-2021), American trumpet player and composer active since the 1960s, best known for developing the concept of "Fourth World" music
  • Eddie Hassell (1990-2020), American actor who was nominated for the 2006 Young Artist Award
  • George Hassell (1881-1937), American stage and film actor
  • Gerald L. Hassell (b. 1952), American Chairman, CEO and President of The Bank of New York Mellon
  • Trenton Lavar Hassell (b. 1979), American professional NBA basketball forward
  • Leroy R Hassell Sr., American jurist, the first black chief justice of the Virginia Supreme Court
  • S. W. Hassell, American politician [10]
  • Richard B. Hassell (1852-1942), American politician, Mayor of Everett, Washington, 1912 [10]
  • Leo E. Hassell, American politician, Mayor of Okmulgee, Oklahoma, 1952-53 [10]
  • J. W. Hassell Jr., American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1952 [10]
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SENATOR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Senator.htm
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ASCENDANT 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Ascendant.htm
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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