Haswell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Haswell date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Haswell family lived in the settlement of Haswell in Hertfordshire. The surname Haswell may have also been applied to someone who lived by a spring in a grove of hazel trees.

Early Origins of the Haswell family

The surname Haswell 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 Haswell family

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Haswell Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Haswell are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Haswell include: Haswell, Hasswell, Hastwell and others.

Early Notables of the Haswell family (pre 1700)

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United States Haswell migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Haswell or a variant listed above:

Haswell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Haswell, who settled in Nevis in 1663
Haswell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Walter Haswell, aged 41, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • William Haswell, who settled in Charleston in 1820
  • William Haswell, who landed in Mississippi in 1858 [1]

Canada Haswell migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Haswell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • William Haswell, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778

Australia Haswell migration to Australia +

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

Haswell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Haswell, English sweep who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life for stealing, transported aboard the "Florentia" on 14th August 1827, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1880 [2]
  • William Haswell, aged 30, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [3]

New Zealand Haswell 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:

Haswell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • J Partis Haswell, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Harrington
  • J. Partis Haswell, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Harrington" in 1841 [4]
  • Mr. Haswell, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Harrington" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 15th June 1841 [5]
  • Mr. Robert Haswell, Canadian settler travelling from St. Ann's, Nova Scotia, Canada with 8 family members aboard the ship "Gertrude" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 22nd December 1856 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Haswell (post 1700) +

  • Robert Haswell (1768-1801), early American maritime fur trader to the Pacific Northwest of North America; his journals of these voyages are the main records of Captain Robert Gray's circumnavigation of the globe
  • Percy Haswell (1871-1945), American actress, born in Austin, Texas, co-founder of the Percy Haswell Stock Company
  • Elizabeth Haswell, American biologist who is a professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute-Simons Faculty Scholar at the Washington University in St. Louis
  • Charles Haynes Haswell (1809-1907), American naval engineer, New York City politician and historian, first Engineer-in-Chief of the United States Navy
  • Anthony Haswell (1756-1816), English-born, American newspaper, almanac, and book publisher, Postmaster General of Vermont and one of the Jeffersonian printers imprisoned under the Sedition Act of 1798
  • Tyler Haswell, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 6th District, 1924 [6]
  • John P. Haswell Jr., American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Kentucky 4th District, 1920; Candidate for U.S. Senator from Kentucky, 1938 [6]
  • John C. Haswell, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1932 [6]
  • John Haswell, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Albany County, 1827 [6]
  • I. A. Haswell, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Montana, 1952 [6]
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th October 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/florentia
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 12th December 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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