Heaslet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancient roots of the Heaslet family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Heaslet comes from when the family lived in one of a variety of similarly-named places. The settlement of Heselden is in Durham, while Haselden is in Sussex. Haslingden is in Lancashire, Hazeldon Farm is in Wiltshire, and Hazelton is in Gloucestershire. The surname Heaslet belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Heaslet family

The surname Heaslet was first found in Sussex at ancient manor in or near Dallington. [1] The name is derived from the Old English words hoesel + denu, which mean "Hazel" + "valley." [2] Hazleton Abbey was an abbey in Gloucestershire.

Important Dates for the Heaslet family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heaslet research. Another 66 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heaslet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Heaslet Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Heaslet has appeared include Hazeltine, Hazelton, Hazletine, Hasleden, Hazleton, Haseltine, Haselton, Hasletine, Haslett, Aseltine and many more.

Early Notables of the Heaslet family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Heaslet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Heaslet family to Ireland

Some of the Heaslet family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 41 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Heaslet migration to the United States

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Heaslet arrived in North America very early:

Heaslet Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Heaslet, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1842 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Heaslet (post 1700)

  • James G. Heaslet, American chief engineer for Rainier Motor Car Company, an American automobile manufacturer founded in 1905 but was defunct in 1911
  • Joey Heaslet, American drummer, former member of Deeds of Flesh, a four-piece technical death metal band from Los Osos, California

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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  3. ^ 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)
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