Hathorp History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Hathorp family

The surname Hathorp was first found in Yorkshire at Hagthorpe, a settlement as listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. [1] But this settlement seems to have been lost to time.

Hacthorpe (Hackthorpe) is a township, in the parish of Lowther, West ward and union, county of Westmorland [2]

It is presumed that the family originated in Westmorland. [3] The first recording of the family was Robert de Hakethorp who was listed in the Assize Rolls for Yorkshire in 1251.

Early History of the Hathorp family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hathorp research. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1171, 1540, 1168, 1627, 1593, 1585, 1605, 1607 and 1608 are included under the topic Early Hathorp History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hathorp Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Hagthorp, Hagthorpe, Haggthorpe, Haggthorp, Hackthorp, Hackthorpe, Hagthrop, Haggthrop, Haggthrup, Hackthrop, Haythorp and many more.

Early Notables of the Hathorp family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Hagthorpe (fl. 1627), English poet, who was undoubtedly the son of Rowland Hagthorpe (d. 1593) of Nettlesworth in the parish of Chester-le-Street, Durham. "He was baptised 12 Feb. 1585 (Surtees, Durham, ii. 204). In his writings he refers to the time when he lived in Scarborough Castle, Yorkshire. He married Judith, daughter of Anthony Wye, who...
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Migration of the Hathorp family

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Hathorp name or one of its variants: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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