Hatheway History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the name Hatheway are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the Old German personal names Hathuwic or Hadewic, or from the Old English personal name Heathuwig, which means war-warrior. [1]

Early Origins of the Hatheway family

The surname Hatheway was first found in Herefordshire where Hadeuui was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. [2] For the next hundred years or so, only surnames were used so it is not surprising to see the next entry, that of Hathewi in the Pipe Rolls of Worcester in 1175.

Again in Herefordshire, William Hatewi, Hadewi, Hathewy were listed there in the Pipe Rolls of 1178 and 1181. Nigel Haðewi was found in the Gloucestershire Pipe Rolls of 1208 and Thomas Hatheweye was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Staffordshire in 1380. [1]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included Willelmus de Haythewy. [3]

Moving further to the north in Scotland, "Alexander Hathwy appears as a witness in Linlithgow in 1444 and 1465, and Robert Hadowy was burgess of Lychtcow (Linlithgow), 1460." [4]

Anne Hathaway (1556-1623), the wife of William Shakespeare is thought to have been born in Shottery, a village just to the west of Stratford-upon-Avon where her father, Richard Hathaway, a yeoman farmer died in September 1581.

Early History of the Hatheway family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hatheway research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1502, 1503, 1600, 1607, 1622, 1626, 1646, 1665, 1656, 1702, 1700, 1701, 1702 and 1602 are included under the topic Early Hatheway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hatheway 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 Hatheway family name include Hathaway, Hatheway, Hathoway, Hathway and others.

Early Notables of the Hatheway family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Richard Hathaway ( fl. 1702), an English impostor, a blacksmith's apprentice of Southwark. "In February 1700 he gave out that he was bewitched by an old woman named Sarah Morduck, the wife of a waterman, and that, as an effect of her sorcery, he vomited nails and pins, was unable to eat, speak, or open his eyes, and was otherwise strangely affected. His only remedy was to scratch Morduck until she bled, when he recovered for a time. He prepared a narrative of his case, but the printer to whom he took the copy...
Another 248 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hatheway Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Canada Hatheway migration to Canada +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, 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 Hatheway surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Hatheway Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Ebenezer Hatheway Jr., U.E. (b. 1748) born in Freetown, Massachusetts, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1811 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hatheway (post 1700) +

  • Mrs. Thomas G. Hatheway, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Washington, 1928 [6]
  • Thomas B. Hatheway, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Windsor; Elected 1904 [6]
  • George B. Hatheway, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Ellington, 1922 [6]
  • Frederick B. Hatheway, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Suffield, 1902 [6]
  • Charles Robert Hatheway (1866-1957), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Windsor, 1909-10 [6]


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 5) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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