Haviland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Haviland was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Haviland family lived in Somerset and Guernsey. Their name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Haverland in Contantin, Normandy.

Early Origins of the Haviland family

The surname Haviland was first found in Somerset and Guernsey where "a member of the ancient Norman family of De Havilland of Guernsey settled in Somersetshire temp. Henry VII., and founded this surname in England." [1] The original Guernsey family settled there before 1176.

Early History of the Haviland family

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Haviland Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Haviland, Havilland, De Haviland and others.

Early Notables of the Haviland family (pre 1700)

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Haviland Ranking

In the United States, the name Haviland is the 8,828th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

United States Haviland migration to the United States +

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Haviland or a variant listed above:

Haviland Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Miles Haviland, who settled in Rhode Island in 1679
Haviland Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Haviland, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [3]
  • John Haviland, who landed in New York in 1797 [3]
Haviland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Haviland, aged 28, who arrived in New York in 1800 [3]
  • Arthur, Daniel, Francis, Henry, James, John Haviland, all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

Canada Haviland migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Haviland Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Auchimas Haviland U.E., "Archelaus" who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [4]
  • Mr. Isaac Haviland U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [4]
  • Capt. John Haviland U.E. who settled in Adolphus Town [Adolphustown], Ontario c. 1784 [4]
  • Mr. Stephen Haviland U.E. who settled in Queen's County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [4]

West Indies Haviland migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [5]
Haviland Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mathew Haviland, who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his servants

Contemporary Notables of the name Haviland (post 1700) +

  • Commander Willis Bradley Haviland (1890-1944), American pilot in WWI and WWII, first pilot to launch a plane from a battleship
  • John Haviland, American emeritus professor of Linguistics and Anthropology at Reed College
  • James W. Haviland MD (1911-2007), American doctor and specialist, co-founder of the University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Fred R. Haviland Jr., American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 6 aerial victories
  • Frederick R. Haviland Jr., American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 9 aerial victories
  • William T. Haviland, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1916; Candidate for Presidential Elector for Ohio, 1924 [6]
  • Theodore R. Haviland, American politician, Mayor of Gloversville, New York, 1920-21 [6]
  • Sands Haviland, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Ulster County 2nd District, 1902 [6]
  • Roger B. Haviland, American Republican politician, Mayor of Gloversville, New York, 1954-56 [6]
  • Kenneth J. Haviland, American Republican politician, Candidate for Missouri State Senate 19th District, 1964 [6]
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Haviland Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Dominus fortissima turris
Motto Translation: The Lord is the strong tower

  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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