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Where did the English Hazlett family come from? What is the English Hazlett family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hazlett family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hazlett family history?


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 Hazlett include Hazlet, Hazlett, Hazlitt, Hasslet, Hasslett, Hazlit, Haslitt, Hezlit, Hezlitt, Hezlett, Hezlet, Heaslitt, Heaslett, Hazled, Hazelhead, Hasslitt, Aslett, Azlett, Astlett and many more.

First found in Surrey where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hazlett research. Another 276 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1333, 1455, 1487, and 1887 are included under the topic Early Hazlett History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Hazlett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Hazlett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 270 words (19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Hazlett were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Hazlett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Lesley Hazlett, who landed in America in 1795
  • Henry H Hazlett, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1799

Hazlett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Hazlett, who arrived in New York, NY in 1840
  • Robert Hazlett, who arrived in Mississippi in 1841
  • James, John, and Samuel Hazlett arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

Hazlett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edwd Hazlett landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Lady Nugent
  • Edward Hazlett, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • Rebecca Hazlett, aged 23, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841


  • Charles Edward Hazlett (1838-1863), U.S. Army 1st Lieutenant during the American Civil War who was killed at Little Round Top during the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg
  • Thomas W. Hazlett (b. 1952), American Professor of Law & Economics at George Mason University School of Law, former Chief Economist of the Federal Communications Commission (1991-1992)
  • Olive Clio Hazlett (1890-1974), American mathematician at the University of Illinois
  • Major-General Harry Fouts Hazlett (1884-1960), American Commanding General 86th Division (1946)
  • Dan Hazlett, American singer/songwriter
  • James Miller Hazlett (1864-1941), American (Irish born) politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania
  • George Hazlett (1923-2012), Scottish footballer who played from 1946 to 1960
  • Stephen Edward Hazlett (b. 1957), Canadian retired professional NHL ice hockey player who played one game for the Vancouver Canucks in the 1979 season
  • Thomas Hazlett, former Chief Economist of the Federal Communications Commission
  • John Hazlett, Canadian director, writer, and producer


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Semper fidelis
Motto Translation: Always faithful.


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  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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The Hazlett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hazlett Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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