Haw History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Haw is tied to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England. It comes from the Old French personal name Haueis and the Old German personal name Hadewidis, which literally means battlewide. The surname Haw may also be derived from residence "at the haw", which refers to a garth, yard, or enclosure. In this case, Haw belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.

Early Origins of the Haw family

The surname Haw was first found in Oxfordshire where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the Haw family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haw research. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1327, and 1523 are included under the topic Early Haw History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Haw Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Haw has undergone many spelling variations, including Hawes, Hawe, Haugh, Haughes, Hause and others.

Early Notables of the Haw family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Stephen Hawes (died 1523), a popular English poet during the Tudor period. His best known work was "The History of...
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Haw migration to the United States

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Haw were among those contributors:

Haw Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Abinadab Haw, who landed in Maryland or Virginia in 1671 [1]
Haw Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Matthew Haw, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [1]
Haw Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Amos Haw, who arrived in Arkansas in 1888 [1]

Haw migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Haw Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mary Haw, aged 39, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879
  • Harry Haw, aged 10, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879
  • James Haw, aged 8, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879
  • John Haw, aged 6, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879

Contemporary Notables of the name Haw (post 1700)

  • William Haw Jr., American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1872 [2]
  • Brian William Haw (1949-2011), English protester and peace campaigner

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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