Hawhant is a name that was brought to England
by the ancestors of the Hawhant family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. The Hawhant family lived in Haughton, Cheshire
. The name of this place derives from the Old English word halh,
which means nook
which means village or settlement.
There are numerous places son named in England
and an individual case of the name may derive from any of those locations.
Early Origins of the Hawhant family
The surname Hawhant was first found in Cheshire
at Haughton (or Haughton Moss), a village and civil parish. This village is by far the largest of the listings of the place name in England
. Looking back further, there are at least three listings of the place name Haughton in the Domesday Book
in its earliest forms: Hoctum in Nottinghamshire; Haustone in Shropshire; and Halstone or Haltone in Staffordshire
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Today Haughton Castle is a privately owned country mansion near the village of Humshaugh, Northumberland
and dates back to the 13th century when it was a tower house. It was enlarged and fortified in the 14th century. By the 16th century, the castle had fallen into ruin but by the early 19th century the ruins were converted into the mansion it is today. Houghton Hall is a country house in Norfolk
built for British Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole. Another early branch of the family was found at Hooton, again in Cheshire
. "This place, in the Domesday Book
, is included in the possessions of Richard de Vernon, the Norman Baron
of Shipbrook, under whom it was held by a family named Hotone, which became extinct in the male line in the reign of Richard I. It then passed by marriage to Randle Walensis or Welshman, after which alliance, his family occasionally assumed the name of Hotone." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Hawhant family
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Hawhant Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hawhant have been found, including Haughton, Houghton, Hoctor, Hector and others.
Early Notables of the Hawhant family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hawhant family to Ireland
Some of the Hawhant family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 199 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hawhant family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. 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 Hawhant were among those contributors: Gerard Haughton settled in Barbados in 1639; Thomas Haughton settled in Virginia in 1635; as well as Robert Haughton in the same year.
The Hawhant 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: Malgre le tort
Motto Translation: Despite the wrong.