Havelock History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 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.' " [1]

"It has always been a rare surname in England, although now immortalized." [2]

Early rolls listed Haveloc c. 1210 in Cornwall and William, Robert Havelok in the Subsidy Rolls for Essex in 1327. [3]

After the Norman Conquest of England 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 and Lancashire.

Early History of the Havelock family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Havelock research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1369 and 1858 are included under the topic Early Havelock History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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)

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

Migration of the Havelock family

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 Democratic Party politician, Alaska State Attorney General, 1970-73; Candidate for U.S. Senator from Alaska, 1984 [4]
  • William Havelock (1793-1848), British lieutenant-colonel, eldest son of William Havelock of Ingress Park, Kent, and brother of Sir Henry Havelock [5]
  • Sir Henry Havelock (1795-1857), British general, active in India, second son of William Havelock (1757–1837), shipbuilder, of Sunderland [5]
  • David Havelock Ph.D.,, Canadian researcher at the Institute for Microstructural Sciences of the National Research Council of Canada
  • Mr. David Wilson Havelock C.B.E. (b. 1949), British Director for Credit Risk Group at UK Export Finance, Department for International Trade, was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to the Economy [6]
  • 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
  • Henry Havelock Oxley (1858-1945), Canadian Major League baseball player
  • William Havelock Ramsden (b. 1888), British Army commander during the Second World War

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  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. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 5) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020
  6. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists

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