Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Heslam is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having 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.
Early Origins of the Heslam family
The surname Heslam was first found in Derbyshire
where they seated from very ancient times, some say, before the Norman Conquest
by Duke William of Normandy
Early History of the Heslam family
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Heslam Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Heslam has been spelled many different ways, including Haslam, Hasslam, Haselham, Hasselham, Hasleham and many more.
Early Notables of the Heslam family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Heslam family to Ireland
Some of the Heslam 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.
Migration of the Heslam family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Heslams to arrive in North America:
Heslam Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Mabel A. Heslam, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911
Contemporary Notables of the name Heslam (post 1700)
- Jessica Heslam (b. 1972), Canadian-born, American news columnist for the Boston Herald