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

The history of the Hunnicutt family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Somerset, at the manor of Hunecote or Hunnecota, from where they took their name.

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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 Honycott, Hunnicott, Huncote, Honicote, Honeycott, Honeycutt, Hunnicot and many more.

First found in Somerset where conjecturally they are descended from William, a Norman noble who was a subtenant of Roger de Courseulles, and was Lord of the manor of Hunecote or Hunnecota, and was recorded in the Domesday Book taken in the year 1086, and the manor is recorded as being "two nuns, as a royal grant."


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hunnicutt research. Another 183 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hunnicutt History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Hunnicutt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Hunnicutt name or one of its variants:

Hunnicutt Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Eleanor Hunnicutt, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Norah S. Hunnicutt, aged 38, who emigrated to America, in 1904
  • A. Hunnicutt, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Carrie M. Hunnicutt, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Nell Hunnicutt, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1913


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  • Lucy Hunnicutt, self-taught American artist
  • Gayle Hunnicutt (b. 1943), American film, stage, and television actress
  • Arthur Lee Hunnicutt (1910-1979), American Academy Award nominated actor, best known for his roles in El Dorado (1966), Cat Ballou (1965) and Broken Arrow (1950)
  • Ellen Hunnicutt (b. 1931), American author and novelist
  • Yoko Hunnicutt (b. 1975), Japanese high jumper


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