Origin of the Name Hassett
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Hassett
include Haset, Blennerhassett, O'Hahessy and Hahessy. This name in Irish is O'hAiseadha and the latter variants are the anglicized forms of this. This sept came from County Clare.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
The name appears in the Hearth Money Rolls for County Tipperary between 1665 and 1667 and in 1659 appears as a principal Irish name in the Barony of Bunratty, County Clare, they being a branch of Clancullen. They are mentioned in 'Caithreim Thoirdhealbhaigh' as one of the septs fighting in alliance with their kinsmen, the MacNamaras, at the Battle of the Abbey in the year 1317. The form Blennerhassett is found in County Fermanagh, their residence being found at Castle Hassett but often these families are of immigrant descent, having arrived from England and Scotland during the seventeenth centuries.
The Hassett coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Hassett descendants.