The ancestors of the bearers of the Heswell family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in the settlement of Haswell in Hertfordshire
. The surname Heswell may have also been applied to someone who lived by a spring in a grove of hazel trees.
Early Origins of the Heswell family
The surname Heswell 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 Heswell family
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Heswell Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Heswell include Haswell, Hasswell, Hastwell and others.
Early Notables of the Heswell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Heswell family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Heswell or a variant listed above: 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..