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

Hatton is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Hatton family lived in Hatton, Cheshire. Another derivation of the name suggests that it comes from the Germanic personal name Hatto, which is composed of the element hadu, which means strife or contention. Although both are valid, time has confused the two definitions and historians now disagree on which is valid in any individual case.


Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Hatton, Hattons, Hattyn, Hattins, Hattans and others.

First found in Cheshire where they had been granted lands by the Earl of Chester, soon after the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hatton research. Another 243 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1540, 1591, 1583, 1658, 1621, 1622, 1624, 1625, 1628, 1629, 1640, 1682, 1674, 1605, 1670, 1632, 1706 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Hatton History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 187 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hatton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Hatton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 129 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Hatton name or one of its variants:

Hatton Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • John Hatton who settled in Virginia in 1613
  • Olive Hatton, who arrived in Virginia in 1620
  • Jeffery Hatton, who landed in Virginia in 1636
  • Jon Hatton, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • Tho Hatton, who landed in Virginia in 1638

Hatton Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Giles Hatton settled in America in 1706
  • Alexander Hatton, who arrived in Virginia in 1717
  • Lettice Hatton, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1729-1730
  • William Hatton settled in Maryland in 1775

Hatton Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Eliza Hatton, aged 45, landed in South Carolina in 1812
  • Marian Hatton, aged 16, arrived in South Carolina in 1812


  • Grady Edgebert Hatton Jr. (1922-2013), American Major League Baseball player, coach, manager and executive
  • Julian Burroughs Hatton III (b. 1956), American landscape abstract artist
  • Raymond William Hatton (1887-1971), American silent movie actor who appeared in almost five hundred movies
  • Rondo Hatton (1894-1946), American actor, known for playing thuggish bit parts in many Hollywood B-movies
  • Richard "Ricky" Hatton MBE (b. 1978), English two-time IBF and IBO Light Welterweight Champion Boxer; he was undefeated with a career record of 42 wins
  • Jane Hatton, English general fiction novelist from Cornwall
  • John Liptrot Hatton (1809-1886), English musical composer, conductor, pianist and singer
  • Robert James "Bob" Hatton (b. 1947), English former association footballer
  • Samuel William "Sam" Hatton (b. 1988), English professional footballer
  • David Howcroft "Dave" Hatton (b. 1943), English former professional footballer who played from 1961 to 1979



  • Descendants of John Simmons and the Allied Families if Hatton, McGrew, Sherwood, Linthicum and Cathcart by Ruth Maxwell Graham.

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: Nil conscire sibi
Motto Translation: To have a conscience free from guilt.


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