Hazlitt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Hazlitt family

The surname Hazlitt was 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.

Early History of the Hazlitt family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hazlitt research. Another 138 words (10 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 and printed products wherever possible.

Hazlitt Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Hazlitt family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Hazlitt family to Ireland

Some of the Hazlitt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 141 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


New Zealand Hazlitt migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hazlitt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Hazlitt, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840

Contemporary Notables of the name Hazlitt (post 1700) +

  • Henry Hazlitt (1894-1993), libertarian philosopher, economist, and journalist
  • William Carew Hazlitt (1834-1913), English bibliographer
  • William Hazlitt (1778-1830), Irish writer, born on 10 April 1778, the son of William Hazlitt (1737–1820) and grandson of John Hazlitt, an Irish Protestant, originally of Antrim [1]
  • Gerry Hazlitt (1888-1915), Australian cricketer
  • Charles Hazlitt Cahan PC, KC (1861-1944), Canadian lawyer, newspaper editor, businessman, and provincial and federal politician
  • Captain Charles Hazlitt Upham VC & Bar (1908-1994), New Zealand soldier who won the Victoria Cross twice during the Second World War [2]


The Hazlitt 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. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020
  2. ^ World War 2 Awards.com - UPHAM, Charles. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Charles Upham. Retrieved from http://www.ww2awards.com/person/173


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