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Where did the English Haddley family come from? What is the English Haddley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Haddley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Haddley family history?The history of the Haddley family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in Hadleigh or Hadley, a place-name found in numerous locations in England. The root of these names is common, however; they are all derived from the Old English roots hæth and leah, which taken together mean "forest clearing where the heather grows."
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 Haddley include Hadley, Hadleigh and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haddley research. Another 133 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1194, 1379, 1682, 1685, 1730, 1744, and 1768 are included under the topic Early Haddley History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 103 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Haddley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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 Haddley or a variant listed above: George Hadley settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630; David and John Hadley settled in Virginia in 1772; Martha Hadley arrived in Maryland in 1736; Mrs. R. Hadley arrived in San Francisco with her child in 1860..
The Haddley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Haddley 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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