When Porter Wilson Haskell was born on 3 February 1822, in New Salem, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Benjamin Haskell, was 32 and his mother, Lydia Adams, was 30. He died on 16 August 1843, in Hubbardston, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 21, and was buried in New Salem, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States.
English: from the Middle English personal name Askell with prosthetic H-, from Old Norse Áskell, a shortened form of Ásketill (see Axtell ). The personal name was also popular among the Normans, sometimes in the form Anskell (with ancient Germanic Ans- substituted for As-), which explains why the name occurs in post-Conquest England in counties not settled by Vikings. Its appearance as a surname is often disguised by altered pronunciations; metathesis of /sk/ to /ks/, spelled -x-, for example, has given rise to Axtell . The Normans frequently used the name in Frankish forms; see Askin , Haskin , Hasty , and Astin . For the name in the Isle of Man see Castell .
Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the personal name Khaskl, a Yiddish form of the Hebrew name Yeḥezqel (see Ezekiel ).