Show ContentsHathway History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The generations and branches of the Hathway family share a name that has its roots in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name Hathway comes 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 Hathway family

The surname Hathway 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. [1]

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 Hathway family

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Hathway Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hathway include Hathaway, Hatheway, Hathoway, Hathway and others.

Early Notables of the Hathway family

Notables of this surname at this time include:

  • Richard Hathaway (fl. 1602), was a dramatist, "probably a native of Warwickshire. Several families of the name resided in the sixteenth century at Stratford-on-Avon and its immediate neighbourhood. Sh...

United States Hathway migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hathway or a variant listed above:

Hathway Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Suzan Hathway, aged 34, who arrived in America in 1635 [5]
  • Rose Hathway, who landed in Maryland in 1680 [5]
Hathway Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • A Hathway, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [5]
  • Charles Hathway, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [5]

Australia Hathway migration to Australia +

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

Hathway Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Hathway (post 1700) +

  • Alan Hathway (1906-1977), American pulp fiction writer who wrote several Doc Savage novels under the pseudonym Kenneth Robeson
  • Edward Albert "Ted" Hathway, English footballer who played from 1930 to 1939
  • Kevin Hathway, English percussionist and educator
  • Reginald "Reg" Hathway (b. 1907), Welsh footballer who played from 1928 to 1934, member of the Wales National Team in 1932

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Dennis A Hathway, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and survived the sinking [7]

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  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. 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)
  6. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from
  7. HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook