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

Hunter comes from the kingdom of Dalriada in ancient Scotland. It was a name for a person who worked as a hunter or someone involved in the chase.This name is derived the Latin word venator.


Historical recordings of the name Hunter include many spelling variations. They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. They include Hunter, Hunters and others.

First found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire. But while Scottish history places them in this area, we must remember that before the 5th century this Clan, held a family seat at Hy Seaain counties Derry and Tyrone, in Ireland, and were chiefs who calimes descent from King Colla da Crioch. Moving to Scotland about the 5th or 6th century they were granted lands by the Grahams at Polmood.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hunter research. Another 242 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1124, 1375, 1547, 1555, 1664, 1710, 1718, 1720, 1728, 1734, 1737, 1783, 1793, 1795, 1800, and 1821 are included under the topic Early Hunter History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 73 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hunter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Hunter family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 165 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many who arrived from Scotland settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many settlers who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Hunter family emigrate to North America:

Hunter Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Elizabeth and Francis Hunter arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Christian Hunter settled in Boston in 1635
  • Christian Hunter, aged 20, arrived in America in 1635
  • Eliz Hunter, aged 18, landed in New England in 1635
  • James Hunter settled in Virginia in 1653

Hunter Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Grace Hunter, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Patrick Hunter, who arrived in Maryland in 1716
  • Henry Hunter, who arrived in Maryland in 1738
  • Anthony Hunter, who landed in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1740
  • Samuel Hunter, who landed in Maryland in 1744

Hunter Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Ann Hunter, aged 22, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Edward Hunter, aged 34, landed in America in 1803
  • David Hunter, aged 24, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Alexr Hunter, aged 21, arrived in New York, NY in 1804
  • Eleanor Hunter, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811

Hunter Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Edwin Osmond Hunter, who arrived in Alabama in 1926


  • Evan Hunter (b. 1926), prolific American author and screenwriter
  • James Augustus "Catfish" Hunter (b. 1946), American former baseball player inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1987
  • Stephen Hunter (b. 1946), American novelist, essayist, and Pulitzer Prize-winning (2003) film critic
  • Duncan Lee Hunter (1948-1981), American politician, Republican member of the House of Representatives from California (1981 to 2009)
  • Robert C. Hunter (b. 1941), American lyricist, singer-songwriter, translator, and poet
  • Holly Hunter (b. 1958), two-time Emmy Award, Academy Award and Golden Globe winning American actress
  • Jeffrey Hunter (1926-1969), American film and television actor
  • Francis "Frank" Townsend Hunter (1894-1981), American gold medalist tennis player at the 1924 Olympics
  • Lindsey Benson Hunter Jr. (b. 1970), former American professional basketball player
  • Major-General Frank O'Driscoll Hunter (1894-1982), American Commanding General of the First Air Force, Mitchel Field, New York (1943-1945)



  • From Ayr to Thurber: Three Hundred Brothers and the Winning of the West by William Hunter McLean.
  • The Hunters of Bedford County, Virginia; Notes and Documents on the Family of James Hunter, Regulator Leader of North Carolina, Including Forebears in Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, Louisiana and Texas by Walter Marvin Hunter.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Cursum perficio
Motto Translation: I accomplish the race.


Hunter Clan Badge
Hunter Clan Badge

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...


Septs of the Distinguished Name Hunter
Hunt, Hunte, Hunter, Hunters and more.


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  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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  11. ...

The Hunter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hunter 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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