Heslop History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. [1]

Early Origins of the Heslop family

The surname Heslop was first found in Oxfordshire at Islip, a parish, and formerly a market-town, in the union of Bicester, hundred of Ploughley. "This place, now an inconsiderable village, is remarkable as the birthplace of Edward the Confessor, whose father, Ethelred II, had a palace here." [2]

Walter de Islip, who died after 1335, was an English-born cleric, statesman and judge. Born at Islip, he rose to become first Chief Baron of the Irish Exchequer

His cousin, Simon Islip, who died in 1366, was Archbishop of Canterbury between 1349 and 1366.

In years later, Yorkshire would prove to be a homestead of the family as John Heslop was listed here in 1414. [3]

We must look north to Scotland to find the lion's share of the family history. Here, the name literally meant "hazel-hope." Alexander Heselihope held land in Edinburgh in 1425, and William Heslihope, or Heslyhop, appears as rector and vicar of the church of Cortoquhy (or Cortochquhy) in 1429 and 1439. Stephen de Heslyhope, presbyter and notary public of Glasgow in 1446, appears again in 1455 as Stephen Heslop. Archibald Heslihop, "vtherwais callit Schir Suythe," had remission for reset of outlawed Rutherfurds in 1501. Thomas Heslop, "pensionario preposito ecclesie parochialis de Houston," is in record in 1525 (REG., 497). John Hesilhop was a witness in Glasgow in 1555 (Protocols, I), Hobe Heslop was a tenant of the abbot of Kelso in 1567 (Kelso, p. 520), Williame Hessilhoip, reidare at Stow, 1574 (RMR.), and Alexander Hasillip appears in Carsfern parish in 1684." [4]

At about this time, "Heslop was the name of several proprietors in the Hexham division in the 17th century; the name is still numerous in the Hexham district." [5]

Early History of the Heslop family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heslop research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1455, 1366, 1464, 1532, 1480, 1498, 1500, 1503 and 1498 are included under the topic Early Heslop History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Heslop 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. Heslop has been spelled many different ways, including Heaslip, Hislop, Haslop, Haslip, Heslep, Hyslop and many more.

Early Notables of the Heslop family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Simon Islip (d. 1366), Archbishop of Canterbury, who derived his name from the village of Islip on the Cherwell, about six miles north of Oxford, where he was probably born. [6] John Islip (1464-1532) was Abbot of the Monastery of Westminster. He claimed descent from Archbishop Simon Islip and it is commemorated today in John Islip Street, Westminster, London. "John entered the monastery of Westminster about 1480, and showed his administrative capacity in minor offices, till in 1498 he was elected prior, and on 27 Oct. 1500 abbot of Westminster. The first business which...
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Ireland Migration of the Heslop family to Ireland

Some of the Heslop family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Heslop migration to the United States +

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
  • John Heslop, who landed in New York in 1801 [7]
  • Robert Heslop, aged 40, who arrived in Alexandria, Va in 1818 [7]
  • Jane Heslop, who arrived in Illinois in 1835 [7]
  • E. M. Heslop, aged 38, who settled in America from Basingstone, in 1895
  • Yherne Heslop, aged 30, who settled in America, in 1899
Heslop Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • William F. Heslop, aged 28, who landed in America from London, in 1903
  • Norman Heslop, aged 33, who settled in America from Bishop Auckland, in 1904
  • George Heslop, aged 25, who landed in America from Hexham, England, in 1904
  • George Heslop, aged 58, who settled in America from London, England, in 1908
  • Arthur Taylor Heslop, aged 28, who landed in America from Bishop, England, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Heslop migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Heslop Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Heslop U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [8]
Heslop Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Edward Stanley Heslop, aged 23, who settled in Vernon, BC, in 1913

Australia Heslop migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Heslop Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Heslop, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848 [9]

New Zealand Heslop migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Heslop Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George W. Heslop, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Harwood" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 4th November 1858 [10]
  • Mr. George Heslop, (b. 1809), aged 50, English currier from Durham travelling from London aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th November 1859 [11]
  • Mrs. Jane Heslop, (b. 1809), aged 50, English settler from Durham travelling from London aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th November 1859 [11]
  • Miss Maria Heslop, (b. 1835), aged 24, English dress maker from Durham travelling from London aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th November 1859 [11]
  • Miss Elizabeth Heslop, (b. 1840), aged 19, English dress maker from Durham travelling from London aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th November 1859 [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Heslop (post 1700) +

  • J Malan Heslop (1923-2011), American World War II combat photographer who documented evidence of Nazi war crimes
  • William E. Heslop, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State Board of Education, 1941 [12]
  • Robert J. Heslop, American Republican politician, Chair of Mason County Republican Party, 1917 [12]
  • Luke Heslop (1738-1825), English divine, Archdeacon of Buckingham, born and baptised on St. Luke's day, 18 Oct. 1738 [13]
  • Desiree Heslop (b. 1961), English singer, who uses the stage name "Princess"
  • George Heslop (1940-2006), English footballer
  • Simon Heslop (b. 1987), English professional footballer
  • Thomas Pretious Heslop (1823-1885), British physician, born in the West Indies in 1823 where his father being a Scottish officer of artillery, and his mother an Irish lady named Owen [13]
  • Mrs. Annette Heslop M.B.E., British Financial Director for Energy4All, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Community Energy [14]
  • Linda Heslop, Canadian artist, carver, sculptor, writer & photographer
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Royal Oak
  • Cuthbert Heslop (1921-1939), British Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [15]


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  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
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  6. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  7. ^ 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)
  8. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BABOO 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Baboo.htm
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  13. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020
  14. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 4 July 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1
  15. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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