The ancestors of the name Heslip date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in a valley noted for having many hazel trees. This name belongs 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. The surname Heslip is derived from the Old English word hæsel
and the Old Norse word hesli,
which both mean hazel, and from the Old English word hop,
which refers to a valley or a hollow between two hills.
Early Origins of the Heslip family
The surname Heslip was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Heslip family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heslip research.Another 275 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1349, 1366, and 1455 are included under the topic Early Heslip History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Heslip Spelling Variations
Heslip has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Heslip have been found, including Heaslip, Hislop, Haslop, Haslip, Heslep, Hyslop and many more.
Early Notables of the Heslip family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Heslip family to Ireland
Some of the Heslip family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 112 words (8 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 Heslip family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Heslips to arrive on North American shores:
Heslip Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Heslip, who arrived in Virginia in 1712 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Heslip Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Heslip, aged 19, a ploughman, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arawa" in 1884
Contemporary Notables of the name Heslip (post 1700)
- Emory P. Heslip, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Laurel, Maryland, 1918-23 (acting, 1918) CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Herbert Heslip (1913-1992), Northern Irish politician with the Ulster Unionist Party