Haswel is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Haswel family once lived in the settlement of Haswell in Hertfordshire
. The surname Haswel may have also been applied to someone who lived by a spring in a grove of hazel trees.
Early Origins of the Haswel family
The surname Haswel was first found in Durham
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Haswel family
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Haswel Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Haswel family name include Haswell, Hasswell, Hastwell and others.
Early Notables of the Haswel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Haswel family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Haswel surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Thomas Haswell settled in Nevis in 1663; William Haswell settled in Charleston in 1820; John and Mary Hastwell settled in New York State in 1774 with their children, Arthur, Betty, Edward, Isabella, John, Joseph, Margaret, Mary, Richard, Robert and Thomas..