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Where did the English Adnett family come from? What is the English Adnett family crest and coat of arms? When did the Adnett family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Adnett family history?Today's generation of the Adnett family bears a name that was brought to England by the wave of emigration that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the Norman name Odinet, from which the more commonly known Odo is derived.
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Hodenet, Hignett, Hignet, Hodnet, Hodnett, Hodenett, Hodinett, Hodinutt, Hodinut, Hodinott, Hodinot, Hoddenett, Hoddinet, Hoddinutt and many more.
First found in Shropshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Adnett research. Another 236 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1116 and 1237 are included under the topic Early Adnett History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Adnett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Adnett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 175 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Adnett or a variant listed above: Humphrey Hadnett, who sailed to Virginia in 1635; Elizabeth and James Hignett sailed to Maryland in 1666; John Hignett to Maryland in 1675; Francis Hadnett arrived in Boston Massachusetts in 1767.
The Adnett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Adnett 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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