The name Hawles came to England
with the ancestors of the Hawles family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Hawles family lived in Hawley, Somerset
. The most probable derivation of this name suggests that it comes from the Old Norman word haugr,
which means mound,
and the Old English leah,
which means clearing.
Another derivation supported by some examples suggests that the name indicates tat the name is an anglocized version of the place-name La Haule-De-Bec in Greteuil, Normandy.
Early Origins of the Hawles family
The surname Hawles was first found in Somerset
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Hawles family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hawles research.Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1340, 1350, 1408, 1374, 1401, 1390, 1393, 1394, 1402, 1404, 1603, 1690, 1629, 1650, 1645, 1716, 1695, 1702, 1646, 1644, 1684, 1673, 1743, 1772, 1719, 1790 and 1790 are included under the topic Early Hawles History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hawles 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 Hawley, Hawly and others.
Early Notables of the Hawles family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Hawley (Hauley) (c.1340 or 1350-1408), Mayor of Dartmouth on fourteen occasions between 1374 and 1401 and elected MP for Dartmouth in 1390, 1393, 1394, and 1402, both a merchant and licensed privateer, conducted a number of naval operations in the English Channel and briefly held the post of deputy to the Admiral of England
under Henry IV, organised the defence of Dartmouth in 1404 against an attack by a Breton
fleet, which culminated in the battle of Blackpool Sands; Joseph Hawley (1603-1690), born in Parwich, Derbyshire
, first settler of the surname in... Another 128 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hawles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hawles family to the New World and Oceana
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 Hawles or a variant listed above: Henry Hawley settled in Barbados in 1678 with his wife Jane; Mathew Hawley settled in Hingham Massachusetts in 1630; Gerome Hawley settled in Maryland in 1634.
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