Hazelwood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hazelwood first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in Hazelwood, a township, in the parish of Duffield, union of Belper, hundred of Appletree in Derbyshire. [1] This place name dates back to 1306 when it was known as Haselwode and literally meant "hazel wood." [2]

Hazlewood is also a district in the parish of Tadcaster, Upper division of the wapentake of Barkstone-Ash, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. "Hazlewood Hall, a fine old mansion, is pleasantly seated on a lofty eminence, commanding very extensive views; and near it is a Roman Catholic chapel with two painted windows, and having several handsome monuments to the Vavasours." [1]

Early Origins of the Hazelwood family

The surname Hazelwood was first found in Yorkshire where Ernald de Heselwude was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1191. Years later, John Haselwod was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1332. [3]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included: Ricardus de Hesilwode; Robertus de Heselwode; and John Hesilwode as all holding lands there at that time. [4]

Early History of the Hazelwood family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hazelwood research. Another 60 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1553, 1380 and 1320 are included under the topic Early Hazelwood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hazelwood Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Hazelwood has appeared include Haslewood, Haselwood, Hazlewood, Hazelwood and others.

Early Notables of the Hazelwood family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Thomas Haselwood (fl. 1380), English historian, a canon regular at the monastery of Leeds in Kent, where he was employed as a schoolmaster. "Bale, on the authority of William Botoner or William of Worcester, asserts that he lived about 1320, but Weever in his ‘Funerall Monuments’ quotes from Haselwood...
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Hazelwood Ranking

In the United States, the name Hazelwood is the 5,448th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [5]


United States Hazelwood migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Hazelwood arrived in North America very early:

Hazelwood Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Samuel Hazelwood, who landed in Maryland in 1671 [6]
Hazelwood Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Richard Hazelwood, who arrived in New York in 1832 [6]

New Zealand Hazelwood 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:

Hazelwood Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • A.W. Hazelwood, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Madras" in 1877
  • Kate Hazelwood, aged 22, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Madras" in 1877
  • Emily C. Hazelwood, aged 1, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Madras" in 1877

Contemporary Notables of the name Hazelwood (post 1700) +

  • William B. Hazelwood (b. 1937), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1924; Member of New York Republican State Committee, 1930 [7]
  • Edgar H. Hazelwood, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 7th District, 1908; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1932; Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 3rd District, 1932 [7]
  • Theodore Eugene Hazelwood (1924-2005), American NFL football offensive tackle
  • Blaise Hazelwood (b. 1972), Republican strategist and consultant in the United States
  • John Hazelwood (1726-1800), English-born, American officer in the Continental Navy, eponym of the USS Hazelwood (DD-107) and the USS Hazelwood (DD-531)
  • Robert Roy Hazelwood (b. 1938), retired FBI profiler
  • Dean Hazelwood, New Zealand musician, best known for his work with the New Zealand pop band The Mockers
  • Michael "Mike" Hazelwood (1958-1977), retired British water skier and a two-time world overall champion (1977 and 1979)
  • Donald Hazelwood AO OBE (b. 1930), Australian violinist


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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