Anglo-Saxon name Hazlehurst comes from when the family resided in one of the settlements called Hazelhurst in Lancashire, Surrey, or Sussex, or near any woodland noted for its hazel trees. Thus, the surname Hazlehurst 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 Hazlehurst family
Cheshire where they held a family seat both before and after the Norman Conquest in the year 1066.
Early History of the Hazlehurst family
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Hazlehurst Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Hazlehurst has been recorded under many different variations, including Hazelhurst, Haselhurst, Hazlehurst, Haslehurst and many more.
Early Notables of the Hazlehurst family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hazlehurst family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hazlehurst or a variant listed above:
Hazlehurst Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Hazlehurst (post 1700)
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