Hazzard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Hazzard has a history dating as far back as the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 when the culture from which this family sprang arrived on British soil. It was a name for a person who takes chances or a gambler which is derived from the Old French word hasard, which means a game of dice, played by a gambler or one who was prepared to run risks. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. "The orthography was originally Hasssart, and the extinct dukes of Charante [Normandy] were of the same family." 
Early Origins of the Hazzard family
The surname Hazzard was first found in Gloucestershire where "soon after the Conquest a branch settled." 
Early History of the Hazzard family
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Hazzard Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Hazard, Hasard, Hassard and others.
Early Notables of the Hazzard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hazzard family to Ireland
Some of the Hazzard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 77 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hazzard migration to the United States +
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Hazzard or a variant listed above:
Hazzard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- H Hazzard, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 
- S Hazzard, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 
- J T Hazzard, who arrived in San Francisoo, California in 1851 
Hazzard 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:
Hazzard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William H. Hazzard, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
- Charles Hazzard, aged 28, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
Contemporary Notables of the name Hazzard (post 1700) +
- John C. Hazzard, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Delaware, 1944, 1948 (alternate); Delaware Democratic State Chair, 1945; Member of Democratic National Committee from Delaware, 1954 
- James D. Hazzard, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 91st District, 1970 
- J. D. Hazzard, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Florida 1st District, 1912 
- David Hazzard (1781-1864), American politician, Delegate to Whig National Convention from Delaware, 1839 (Convention Vice-President) 
- Daniel Hazzard, American politician, Candidate for Governor of Delaware, 1823 
- Walt Hazzard (b. 1942), American former college, Olympic, and professional basketball player
- Tony Hazzard (b. 1943), English singer and songwriter
- Margaret Hazzard, Australian author, native to Norfolk Island
- Jack E Hazzard (1888-1935), British writer
- Shirley Hazzard (1931-2016), Australian-born, American author of fiction and non-fiction, awarded the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction, O. Henry Award, Miles Franklin Award, William Dean Howells Medal and the National Book Critics Circle Award
- ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Historic Events for the Hazzard family +
- Mr. Herbert E Hazzard, British Leading Cook, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking 
Related Stories +
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html