Hazzeard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Hazzeard is part of the ancient legacy of the early Norman inhabitants that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Hazzeard was a Norman name used 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 Hazzeard family
The surname Hazzeard was first found in Gloucestershire where "soon after the Conquest a branch settled." 
Early History of the Hazzeard family
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Hazzeard Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Hazard, Hasard, Hassard and others.
Early Notables of the Hazzeard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hazzeard family to Ireland
Some of the Hazzeard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Hazzeard family
Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Hazzeard name or one of its variants: John and Joane Hazard settled in Virginia in 1618; two years before the "Mayflower"; Sarah Hazard settled in Virginia in 1654; Richard Hazard settled in Virginia in 1732.
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- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.