Blazons & Genealogy Notes
1) (Scotland). Ar. a stag ppr. lodged under a holly tree growing out of the base vert.
2) (Archibald Hyslop, Stationer, Edinburgh, 1678). Motto—His parva crescunt. Ar. a stag ppr. lodged under a holly tree growing out of the base vert, on a chief of the third a book bound or, betw. two stars of the first. Crest—A bookbinder’s folding stick and polishing iron crossing each other saltireways ppr.
Origin, Meaning, Family History and Hyslop Coat of Arms and Family Crest
Origins of Hyslop:
It is an English geographical name, that appeared specially in Northumberland and acquires from an unknown place in northern England, more frequently mentioned as a “lost” hamlet. There are many examples of similar places that have now survived, in surnames or old documents. Hamlets were “cleared” in the 14th Century to make way for sheep meadows and were sometimes left defected by natural tragedies such as the Black Death of 1348 or misfortunes of war. The placename acquires from the Old English pre 7th Century “haesel” (or the Old Norse “hesli”) which means “hazel tree,” with “Hop,” an implanted valley. There are at least ten similar spellings of the name in the new phrase, ranging from “Heslop”, “Hislop” and “Hyslop” to “Haselup”, “Hazeup” or “Heaslip”.
More common variations are: Heyslop, Hyslopp, Hayslopp, Hayslop, Hyslope, Hylop, Heyslope, Hislop, Hyslip, Hyslup, Hyslob.
The origins of the surname Hyslop appeared in Yorkshire where people held a family seat from old times. Someone say better before the invasion of Normans and the entrance of Duke William at Hastings 1066 A.D.
The very first recorded spelling of the family was shown to be that of John Heslop, dated about 1414, in the “Record of the Freemen of the City of York.” It was during the time of King Henry V who was known to be the “The Victor of Agincourt,” dated 1413-1422. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England.
Many of the people with surname Hyslop had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.
United States of America:
Individuals with the surname Hyslop landed in the United States in two different centuries respectively in the 18th, and 19th. Some of the people with the name Hyslop who arrived in the United States in the 18th century included William Hyslop, who landed in New England in 1740
The following century saw more Hyslop surnames arrive. Some of the people with the name Hyslop who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included Mrs. Hyslop, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851. Helen Hyslop, who arrived in New York in 1851. J Hyslop also landed in San Francisco, California in the same year 1851. Sam Hyslop, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855
Here is the population distribution of the last name Hyslop: United States 1,676; England 1,479; Canada 911; South Africa 785; Scotland 715; Australia 600; New Zealand 331; Wales 45; Chile 36; Ireland 33.
Christian Terence Hyslop was born in June 1972. He is a professional football player who played in The National Football League as a Fullback.
Fiona Jane Hyslop was born in August 1964. He is a Scottish leader who is the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism.
Hector Henry Hyslop (December 1840-September 1920) was an English cricket player. He was a right-handed batsman who played primarily as a wicketkeeper.
P[aul] Geddes Hyslop (died 1989) was a 20th-century British designer, instructed at the British School in Rome.
James Hyslop (23 July 1798 – 1827), was a Scottish poet.
James Hervey Hyslop, Ph.D., LL. D, (August 1854 – June 1920) was a professor of principles and logic at Columbia University.
Jeff Hyslop was born in May in the year 1951, in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a Canadian musical theater actor.
Joshua Hyslop was a Canadian folk-pop singer and composer.
Kenny Hyslop (born 1951), is a Scottish drummer.
Kirk Hyslop (born 1889), is a Canadian designer.
Paul Hyslop is a Scottish football player.
Ricky Hyslop (1915–1998), was a Canadian violinist, manager, writer, and director.
Robin Maxwell-Hyslop (1931–2010), was a British Conservative Party leader.
Tommy Hyslop (1874–1936), was a professional football player.
Hyslop Coat of Arms Meaning
The three main devices (symbols) in the Hyslop blazon are the holly tree, stag and book. The two main tinctures (colors) are vert and argent.
The deep green colour that is so often observed in heraldry is more properly known as vert. According to Wade, the use of this colour signifies “Hope and Joy”, but may also represent, rather delightfully, “Loyalty in Love” . It has other names also, the French call it sinople, perhaps after a town in Asia Minor from where the best green die materials could be found . More fanciful heralds liked to associate it with the planet venus and the precious stone emerald . More strangely, there is some evidence that the term prasin was anciently used, being the Greek for the vegetable we call the Leek!
Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) . In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper .
Amongst the natural objects depicted on a coat of arms, trees feature frequently, either in whole or as individual branches and leaves. . Sometimes the species or the part of tree was chosen as an allusion to the name of the bearer, as in Argent three tree stumps (also known as stocks) sable” for Blackstock Trees of course had long been venerated and its use in a coat of arms may have represented some association with the god Thor Wade assigns the additional meaning of ‘Truth’ to the use of any aspect of the Holly bush
We should be surprised to find the stag or buck, noble quarry of many a mediaeval hunt, being illustrated in many a coat of arms. . It shares many of the poses to be found with the lion, but also one almost unique to the deer, grazing, as if the animal is still unaware of the hunter’s approach. . In common with all symbols related to the hunt we probably need look further for their intended meaning than the pleasure taken by the holder in such pursuits!
Although we expect to find fierce creatures and fearsome weapons depicted in a coat of arms this is not always the case – sometimes simple household objects are used . The book is a typical example of this. Books could be open or closed and were usually richly decorated, sometimes described in detail, along with words upon the open pages. Wade tells us that the open book represents “manifestation” while the closed book signifies “counsel”.