Show ContentsHazlette History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The present generation of the Hazlette family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in Surrey, where the name was derived from the term: 'at the hazel head,' i.e. one who dwelt at the head of the hazel wood. [1] "Hazelhead narrowed itself into Haslet, &c. Hazlehead is a hamlet in the parish of Thurlstone, West Riding of Yorkshire." [1] "Hæslett, is a common term in Essex, Kent and Surrey." [2]

Early Origins of the Hazlette family

The surname Hazlette was first found in Surrey where John Haselette was recorded in the Subsidy Rolls of 1332. The following year, William atte Hasellette was listed in 1333. Later again, William Hesilheued was listed as a Freeman of York in 1421. [2]

Early History of the Hazlette family

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Hazlette Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Hazlette family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Hazlette family to Ireland

Some of the Hazlette family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Hazlette family

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 Hazlette were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: James Hazlet, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1787; James Haslet, who came to Pennsylvania in 1773; Samuel Haslet, who settled in Philadelphia in 1789.

The Hazlette Motto +

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.

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) on Facebook