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Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Heslop is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived 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 Heslop 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.
The surname Heslop 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.
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. Heslop has been spelled many different ways, including Heaslip, Hislop, Haslop, Haslip, Heslep, Hyslop and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heslop research. Another 275 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1349, 1366, and 1455 are included under the topic Early Heslop History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Heslop Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Heslop 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.
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 Heslops to arrive in North America:
Heslop Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Heslop Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Heslop Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Heslop Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
Heslop Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The Heslop Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Heslop Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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