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

The name Huitt was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Huitt family lived in Huet near Evreux in Normandy, France.

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Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Hewitt, Hewett, Hewatt, Hewet, Hewit, Hewat and others.

First found in Dorset where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Huitt research. Another 227 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1182, 1660, 1605, 1662, 1652, 1689, 1591, 1614 and 1658 are included under the topic Early Huitt History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 69 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Huitt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Huitt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 155 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Huitt or a variant listed above:

Huitt Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Catherine Huitt, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • Joseph Huitt, who landed in Virginia in 1659
  • Sarah Huitt, who landed in Virginia in 1659
  • Mary Huitt, who arrived in Maryland in 1678

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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: Ne te quaesiveris extra
Motto Translation: Seek nothing beyond your sphere.

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