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Hyslop is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Hyslop family once 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 Hyslop 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 Hyslop 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.
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hyslop family name include Heaslip, Hislop, Haslop, Haslip, Heslep, Hyslop and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hyslop research. Another 275 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1349, 1366, and 1455 are included under the topic Early Hyslop History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Hyslop Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Hyslop 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.
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Hyslop surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Hyslop Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Hyslop Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Hyslop Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hyslop 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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