Hatzfeld History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancestors of the bearers of the Hatzfeld family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in either of the places called Heathfield in Somerset or Sussex, or in one of the various settlements called Hatfield in Essex, Herefordshire, Nottinghamshire, Worcester, the East Riding of Yorkshire, or the North Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Hatzfeld belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Hatzfeld family

The surname Hatzfeld was first found in Colchester, Essex where William de Hatfield was listed there 1119-1127. [1] The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list William de Hatfield in Essex and Agnes de Hatfield in Cambridgeshire at that time. Years later, Johannes de Haytefeld was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [2]

Robert de Hattefeld was listed in the Feet of Fines for Yorkshire in 1343 and Thomas Hatfeld was listed in the Assize Rolls of London in 1412. [1]

One source claims the name was derived from "hat, hot, Saxon, and field-from the hot sandy soil" [3] and yet another claims the name was derived from the " Anglo-Saxon Hæðfeld = the Heath-Field." [4]

Another source claims the name was derived from the Old English "heathland, heather + feld" (pasture, open country) [5]

Important Dates for the Hatzfeld family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hatzfeld research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 111 and 1119 are included under the topic Early Hatzfeld History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hatzfeld 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 Hatzfeld include Hatfield, Hatfeild, Hadfield and others.

Early Notables of the Hatzfeld family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Hatzfeld Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hatzfeld family to Ireland

Some of the Hatzfeld family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hatzfeld family

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 Hatzfeld or a variant listed above: George Hadfield who settled in New England in 1802; James, John, Robert and Thomas Hadfield arrived in Philadelphia between 1820 and 1860; Thomas and Grace Hatfeild settled in Virginia in 1653.

Contemporary Notables of the name Hatzfeld (post 1700)

  • George Hatzfeld, American politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Newton County, 1905-06 [6]

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Citations

  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  4. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  5. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 5) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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