Heslehurst is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in one of the settlements called Hazelhurst in Lancashire
, or Sussex
, or near any woodland noted for its hazel trees. Thus, the surname Heslehurst belongs to both the category of habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads, and to the class of topographic
surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.
Early Origins of the Heslehurst family
The surname Heslehurst was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
both before and after the Norman Conquest
in the year 1066.
Early History of the Heslehurst family
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Heslehurst Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Heslehurst family name include Hazelhurst, Haselhurst, Hazlehurst, Haslehurst and many more.
Early Notables of the Heslehurst family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Heslehurst family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Heslehurst surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Cuthbert Hayhurst settled in Pennsylvania in 1682 with his wife Mary and six children; Jane Hazelhurst settled with her husband and three children in Philadelphia in 1822.