Hawthorn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The lineage of the name Hawthorn begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the settlement of Hawthorn in the county of Durham, or near a hawthorn shrub or tree. Thus, the surname Hawthorn belongs both the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads, and 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. The surname Hawthorn is derived from the Old English word haguthorn, which means hawthorn.

Early Origins of the Hawthorn family

The surname Hawthorn was first found in Durham at Hawthorn, a township in the parish of Easington. The township dates back to 1155 when it was originally spelt Hagethorn and literally meant "place at the hawthorn," from the Old English "hagu-thorn." [1] The place is most significant as "on the 5th of November, 1824, not less than 50 vessels perished in a storm immediately off this part, and the crews of all were lost, with the exception of the crew of one only, who were enabled to effect their escape by means of a rope, thrown from the vessel, and brought to land by a Newfoundland dog belonging to Major Anderson." [2] "The New England family of this name left this country [(England)] in or before 1634, and until recently wrote themselves Hathorne." [3] In Scotland, the name is an old Galloway name. "A family of the name were proprietors of Meikle or Over Aires in the parish of Kirkinner." [4] In other parts of England, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 revealed: Galfridus Hackthom in Huntingdonshire; and John atte Horethorne in Somerset. [5]

Important Dates for the Hawthorn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hawthorn research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1455, 1484, 1602, 1628, 1606, 1681, 1630, 1641, 1717, 1692, 1804, 1864 and are included under the topic Early Hawthorn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hawthorn 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 Hawthorn has undergone many spelling variations, including Hawthorne, Hathorne, Hawthorn and others.

Early Notables of the Hawthorn family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Major William Hathorne (ca. 1606-1681), English immigrant to North America in 1630; and his son, John Hathorne (1641-1717), a merchant and magistrate of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Justice of the Special Court...
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Migration of the Hawthorn family to Ireland

Some of the Hawthorn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Hawthorn 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 Hawthorn were among those contributors:

Hawthorn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mathew Hawthorn, who settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Math Hawthorn, who arrived in Virginia in 1622 [6]
Hawthorn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Tho Hawthorn, who landed in Virginia in 1724 [6]
Hawthorn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Hawthorn, aged 22, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805 [6]
  • Mary Hawthorn, aged 21, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805 [6]
  • Geo Hawthorn, who arrived in America in 1805 [6]
  • Thomas Hawthorn, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1810 [6]
  • Francis Hawthorn, who landed in America in 1811 [6]
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Hawthorn migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hawthorn Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • James Hawthorn, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1775
  • Peter Hawthorn, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1775
Hawthorn Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Miss. Hawthorn, aged 1 year & 6 months who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Achilles" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle on June 4th, 1847 [7]
  • Mr. John Hawthorn, aged 54 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Achilles" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle on June 2nd, 1847 [7]
  • Mr. Hugh Hawthorn, aged 78 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Emigrant" departing 11th August 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 3rd October 1847 but he died on board [8]

Hawthorn migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hawthorn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Hawthorn, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Stamboul"

Hawthorn 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:

Hawthorn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Hawthorn, Australian settler travelling from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia aboard the ship "Bee" arriving in New Zealand in 1832 [9]
  • David Hawthorn, aged 31, a millwright, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875
  • Elizabeth Hawthorn, aged 32, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875
  • Hugh Hawthorn, aged 3, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875
  • Sarah Hawthorn, aged 2, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875
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Contemporary Notables of the name Hawthorn (post 1700)

  • Alexander Travis Hawthorn (1825-1899), American brigadier general in the Confederate States Army
  • Robert Hawthorn, English co-founder of R and W Hawthorn Ltd, a locomotive manufacturer in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, from 1817 until 1885
  • Reginald Hawthorn (1867-1944), English civil servant, statistician and meteorologist
  • John Michael "Mike" Hawthorn (1929-1959), English racing driver
  • Chloe Charlotte Hawthorn, British child actress, best known for her starring role as Matilda Wormwood in Matilda the Musical
  • Harry Bertram Hawthorn OC (1910-2006), Canadian anthropologist and museum curator
  • Reginald Hawthorn Hooker (1867-1944), English civil servant, statistician and meteorologist, known as a pioneer in the application of correlation analysis to economics and agricultural meteorology
  • Peter Hawthorn Ashdown (b. 1934), English former motor racing driver

Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 32)
  8. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 79)
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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