Hazle is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Hazle family lived in Cheshire
. This name however, is a topographical reference indicating that the original bearer lived in close proximity to a hazel
tree or grove.
Early Origins of the Hazle family
The surname Hazle was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, after the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D. They were descended from Halsewell or De Halsewell from Normandy.
Early History of the Hazle family
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Hazle Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Halsewell, Halswell, Harsewell, Harswell, Hazel, Hazell, Hassal, Hassel, Hassall and many more.
Early Notables of the Hazle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hazle family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hazle or a variant listed above: John Hassall who settled in Virginia in 1653; William Hassell settled in Virginia in 1635; Ralph and Benjamin Hassell settled in Barbados in 1680 with their servants.
Contemporary Notables of the name Hazle (post 1700)
- Hazle Reid "H. R." Crawford (1939-2017), American real estate developer and former Democratic politician, Assistant Secretary for Housing Management, Department of Housing and Urban Development (1973-1976)