Origin of the Name Heaslip
The origin of the name Heaslip
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 Heaslip
include Haslip, Heslip, Heyslip, Hyslop and Heslep. This is a name of locational origin and was taken from the old Norse 'hesli' meaning 'dweller in the hazel valley'. It is usually of Scottish and English origin but also can be found in Ireland since the seventeenth century. In Ireland bearers of the name originally settled in Munster Province but have since become more associated with County Cavan. An early record of the name in the year 1642 refers to a Francis Haslopp who resided in Ballyharaghan Castle in the parish of Ruan, County Clare. In 1672 a Francis Hasclopp of Killeedy in County Limerick was recorded as being a referee in a bounds dispute near O'Brien's Bridge, County Clare. By the nineteenth century many of the name had migrated to COunty Cavan and to the southern part of Ulster Province.
The Heaslip 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 Heaslip descendants.