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

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Hazlitt are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Hazlitt 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.


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

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

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Some of the Hazlitt 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.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hazlitt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Hazlitt landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840

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  • Henry Hazlitt (1894-1993), libertarian philosopher, economist, and journalist
  • William Carew Hazlitt (1834-1913), English bibliographer
  • William Hazlitt (1778-1830), English writer
  • Gerry Hazlitt (1888-1915), Australian cricketer


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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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The Hazlitt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hazlitt 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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