Early Origins of the Havelock family
The surname Havelock was first found in Durham
where they held a family seat
on the English/Scottish border. "A well-known Danish personal name
. Geoffrey Gaimar's metrical romance, called "Le Lai d'Havelok le Danois," records the valorous doings of a great Danish chieftain
. The family of the greatest hero of his age, the late Gen. Sir Henry Havelock, claimed to be of Danish extraction, having been, according to tradition, a scion of an ancient race descended from Guthrun, the historical Viking of the days of Alfred, and settled at Great Grimsby from his time! There is indeed a tradition that that town was so named from a merchant called Grime, who obtained great wealth and honour in consequence of his having brought up an exposed child called Haveloc, who, after having been scullion in the king's kitchen, turned out to be a Danish prince. The curious corporate seal of the town seems to have some allusion to the circumstance, as it bears the names of ' Grym' and ' Habloc; ' and one of the boundary marks of the corporation is known as ' Haveloc's Stone.' " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
After the Norman Conquest
many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient no-man's land. Notable families such as the Percy, the Umfravilles and the Nevilles gathered many supporting clans around them. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. In that century, many of those clans drove their herds south, and they settled in Yorkshire
Early History of the Havelock family
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Havelock Spelling Variations
During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Havelock occurred in many references, and spelling variations
of the name found included Havelock, Havlock, Havilock, Havelocke, Havilok and many more.
Early Notables of the Havelock family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Havelock family to the New World and Oceana
Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland
many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of illness and the elements, were buried at sea. In North America, early immigrants bearing the family name Havelock, or a spelling variation of the surname include: 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..
Contemporary Notables of the name Havelock (post 1700)
- Eric A. Havelock (1903-1988), British (later Canadian and American) scholar
- John E. Havelock (b. 1932), American Democrat politician, Alaska State Attorney General, 1970-73; Candidate for U.S. Senator from Alaska, 1984 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 5) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- David Havelock Ph.D.,, of the Institute for Microstructural Sciences of the National Research Council of Canada
- Eric Alfred Havelock, British classicist. He served as chair of the classics departments at both Harvard and Yale in the 1960s and 1970s
- Sir Arthur Havelock, Governor of Tasmania, 1901–1904
- Sir Henry Havelock (1795-1857), British general, active in India