Heaslam History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Heaslam date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Heaslam family lived in the village of Haslam, in the county of Lancashire. This place-name was originally derived from the Old English word haesel-hamm, which simply refers to a hazel-wood farm.[1]

Early Origins of the Heaslam family

The surname Heaslam was first found in Lancashire at Haslam. But of this place, we cannot find any trace today. We can find that Hugh de Haslum, de Hesellum held lands there as recorded in the Assize Rolls of 1246, but little else. [1]

Another source claims that Derbyshire is the home to the family. "Haslam is an old Rochdale name of the 16th century. It also occurs in Derbyshire. Several mayors and aldermen of Newark, Notts, in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries bore this name." [2] In this case, the name is likely derived from Hasland, a township, in the parish and union of Chesterfield, hundred of Scarsdale. [3]

Early History of the Heaslam family

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Heaslam 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 Heaslam 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 Heaslam include: Haslam, Hasslam, Haselham, Hasselham, Hasleham and many more.

Early Notables of the Heaslam family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Heaslam family to Ireland

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

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Heaslam or a variant listed above: John Buckley Haslam, who settled in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1818; followed by Abraham, Francis and James Haslam in 1832; James H. Haslam settled there in 1840.



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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