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Where did the English Hulitt family come from? What is the English Hulitt family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hulitt family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hulitt family history?The name Hulitt reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Hulitt family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Hulitt is based on the Norman personal name Hugh. Howlett was a baptismal name which means the son of Hugh. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Hulitt are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Hulitt include Howlett, Howlet, Hullett and others.
First found in Yorkshire 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hulitt research. Another 179 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hulitt History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Hulitt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Hulitt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 97 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Hulitt, or a variant listed above: Randall and William Howlett settled in Virginia in 1623; Thomas Howlett settled in Salem Mass in 1630; another Thomas Howlet settled in Virginia in 1635..
The Hulitt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hulitt 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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