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Where did the English Hull family come from? What is the English Hull family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hull family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hull family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Hull comes from the personal name Hull. However, the surname Hull is often derived from residence in the settlement of Hull in the county of Cheshire. In this case, the name belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

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Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Hull were recorded, including Hull, Hulle, Hulls and others.

First found in Yorkshire at Kingston upon Hull, more commonly known as Hull, a city in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The place is derived from the River Hull and dates back to at least 1228 [1] and is home to the largest parish church in England dating back to 1285. In 1642, it was the scene of the first skirmish of the English Civil War when on orders of Parliament, the Governor of Hull, Sir John Hotham (d. 1645) shut the gates of the town to King Charles I. [2]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hull research. Another 141 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1595, 1665, 106 , 1635, 1624 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Hull History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 103 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hull Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Hull family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 143 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Hull family emigrate to North America:

Hull Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Jefferie Hull, who landed in Virginia in 1617
  • Elizabeth and George Hull settled in Nantasket in 1630
  • John Hull, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1632
  • Richard Hull, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1632
  • George Hull, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1633


Hull Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Thomas Hull, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Hannah Hull, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Lydia Hull, who arrived in Virginia in 1713
  • Johann Hull, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741
  • Peter Hull, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1741

Hull Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Robert Hull, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836
  • Alexander Hull, who landed in Mississippi in 1837
  • Daniel Hull, who landed in New York, NY in 1848
  • Friedrich Hull, who landed in New York, NY in 1848
  • Frederick H Hull, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872


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  • Henry Watterson Hull Ph.D. (1890-1977), American character actor
  • Cordell Hull (1871-1955), American Secretary of State from 1933 to 1944
  • William Hull (1753-1825), American General in the War of 1812, and Governor of Michigan Territory, best remembered for surrendering Fort Detroit to the British
  • Lieutenant-General John E. Hull (1895-1975), American Commander in Chief United Nations Forces Far East (1953-1955)
  • Isaac Hull (1773-1843), Commodore in the United States Navy, Captain of the USS Constitution during the battle with HMS Guerriere
  • Alan Hull (1945-1995), English singer-songwriter
  • Robert Marvin "Bobby" Hull (b. 1939), known as "The Golden Jet", legendary Canadian Hockey Player
  • Field Marshal Sir Richard Amyatt Hull KG, GCB, DSO (1907-1989), British Chief of the Defence Staff (1965-1967), the professional head of all British Armed Forces


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  • Hull's Heritage: A Genealogical History by Carolyn Hull Estes.
  • Hulls in 1850: A Directory of Persons Surnamed Hull in the U.S. in 1850 by Robert Hull Taylor.
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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Winn Christopher, I Never Knew that about Yorkshire. Croydon: The Random House Group Limited, 2010. Print. (ISBN 978-0-09-193313-5)

Other References

  1. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Hull Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hull Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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