Origin of the Name Hathaway
The ancient history of the name Hathaway
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The name Hathaway has a number of variants including Hataway, Hathway, Hethaway, Hetway, Hettway and Hettawey. This name is usually of English origin and may be of locational origin, describing a person who lived near a 'heath', a grassy area. It may also be derived from the ancient first name 'Heaethuwig' which is akin to the German Hedwig. A very early record of the name is found in the Pipe Rolls of Herefordshire and refers to a William Hadewi in the year 1178.
Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. It was by creating, maintaining and updating these reference books that they were able to maintain their authority and enforce laws.
Anne Hathaway (1556–1623) was the wife of William Shakespeare. Henry Hathaway (1898-1985) was an American film director best known for directing Randolph Scott and John Wayne in several Westerns.
In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland , especially during the seventeenth century. It was the 'Plantations of Ireland ' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that marked the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland . While the influx of settlers in the wake of the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.
The Hathaway 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 Hathaway descendants.