The ancient roots of the Hesswall family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Hesswall comes from when the family lived in the settlement of Haswell in Hertfordshire
. The surname Hesswall may have also been applied to someone who lived by a spring in a grove of hazel trees.
Early Origins of the Hesswall family
The surname Hesswall was first found in Durham
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 Hesswall family
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Hesswall Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Hesswall has appeared include Haswell, Hasswell, Hastwell and others.
Early Notables of the Hesswall family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hesswall family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Hesswall arrived in North America very early: Thomas Haswell settled in Nevis in 1663; William Haswell settled in Charleston in 1820; John and Mary Hastwell settled in New York State in 1774 with their children, Arthur, Betty, Edward, Isabella, John, Joseph, Margaret, Mary, Richard, Robert and Thomas..