The surname of HEASLEY was a locational name 'the dweller at the hazel-wood' from residence nearby, or from HASELEY a spot in County Oxford. The name is also spelt HEASE, HEASLEY,, HEYSE and HAYNES. The name was originally rendered in the Old English form HAESEL-LEAH. Local surnames, by far the largest group, derived from a place name where the man held land or from the place from which he had come, or where he actually lived. These local surnames were originally preceded by a preposition such as "de", "atte", "by" or "in". The names may derive from a manor held, from working in a religious dwelling or from literally living by a wood or marsh or by a stream. Early records of the name mention HASELIE (without surname) who was listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. The name was documented as HAESE (without surname) in the year 1168. Roger del HEYS was recorded in 1200 in County Norfolk and Eborard de la HEYE was recorded in County Norfolk in the year 1273. Ricardus del HEASLEY of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Between the 11th and 15th centuries it became customary for surnames to be assumed in Europe, but were not commonplace in England or Scotland before the Norman Conquest of 1066. Those of gentler blood assumed surnames at this time, but it was not until the reign of Edward II (1307-1327) that second names became general practice for all people. In many parts of central and western Europe, hereditary surnames began to become fixed at around the 12th century, and have developed and changed slowly over the years. As society became more complex, and such matters as the management of tenure, and in particular the collection of taxes were delegated to special functionaries, it became imperative to distinguish a more complex system of nomenclature to differentiate one individual from another. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. The lion depicted in the arms is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour.
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