The ancestors of the bearers of the Hazelhorst family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in one of the settlements called Hazelhurst in Lancashire
, or Sussex
, or near any woodland noted for its hazel trees. Thus, the surname Hazelhorst belongs to 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.
Early Origins of the Hazelhorst family
The surname Hazelhorst was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
both before and after the Norman Conquest
in the year 1066.
Early History of the Hazelhorst family
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Hazelhorst Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hazelhorst include Hazelhurst, Haselhurst, Hazlehurst, Haslehurst and many more.
Early Notables of the Hazelhorst family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hazelhorst family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hazelhorst or a variant listed above: Cuthbert Hayhurst settled in Pennsylvania in 1682 with his wife Mary and six children; Jane Hazelhurst settled with her husband and three children in Philadelphia in 1822.