Hawthourn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Hawthourn belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in the settlement of Hawthorn in the county of Durham, or near a hawthorn shrub or tree. Thus, the surname Hawthourn 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 Hawthourn is derived from the Old English word haguthorn, which means hawthorn.
Early Origins of the Hawthourn family
The surname Hawthourn 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."  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."  "The New England family of this name left this country [(England)] in or before 1634, and until recently wrote themselves Hathorne."  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."  In other parts of England, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 revealed: Galfridus Hackthom in Huntingdonshire; and John atte Horethorne in Somerset. 
Important Dates for the Hawthourn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hawthourn 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 Hawthourn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hawthourn Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Hawthourn include Hawthorne, Hathorne, Hawthorn and others.
Early Notables of the Hawthourn 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 Hawthourn family to Ireland
Some of the Hawthourn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Hawthourn family
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Hawthourn were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Mathew Hawthorn settled in Virginia in 1622; William Hathorne, who arrived in Dorchester, in 1630, later settling in Salem Massachusetts in 1630; Anne Hathorne, who came to Virginia in 1717.
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