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Where did the English Hunt family come from? What is the English Hunt family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hunt family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hunt family history?The name Hunt finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxons of England. It was given to one who worked as a hunter. The surname Hunt is derived from the Old English word hunta, which means hunter.
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Hunt has been recorded under many different variations, including Hunt, Hunter, Huntar and others.
First found in Shropshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. Early records of the name include Humphrey le Hunte, who was in the Feat of Fines of Sussex in 1203; and Ralphe Hunte, listed in the Assize Rolls of Yorkshire of 1219.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hunt research. Another 153 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1609, 1680, 1641, 1644 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Hunt History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 35 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hunt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Hunt 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.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hunt or a variant listed above:
Hunt Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
- Robert Hunt, who arrived in Virginia in 1607
- Nicholas Hunt, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
- John Hunt, who settled in Virginia in 1622
- Enoch, Ephriam and John Hunt, who all arrived in Boston in 1630
- Edmund Hunt, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1634
Hunt Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
- Lancelott Hunt, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
- Elinor Hunt, who landed in Virginia in 1705
- Bryan Hunt, who arrived in Barbados in 1709-1710
- Temperence Hunt, who arrived in Virginia in 1713
- Hannaway Hunt, who landed in Virginia in 1714
Hunt Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
- Charles Hunt, aged 40, arrived in New York in 1812
- Deliverance Hunt, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1813
- Wilson A Hunt, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
- Matthew Hunt, who landed in New York in 1824
- George Hunt, who arrived in New York in 1836
- Nelson Bunker Hunt (b. 1926), American businessman, best known for cornering the world silver market, causing the price to increase ten times and then rapidly fall which led to his bankruptcy
- George Wylie Paul Hunt (1859-1934), American politician, first governor of Arizona
- J McVicker Hunt (1906-1991), American psychologist
- Helen Hunt (b. 1963), American actress, winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe Award, and an Emmy Award all in 1998
- Joseph Raphael "Joe" Hunt (1919-1944), American tennis champion of the late 1930s and early 1940s
- General LeRoy Hunt (1892-1968), United States Marine Corps general who commanded the 2nd Marine Division at the end of World War II. During WW I he received the Navy Cross and Distinguished Service Cross for repeated acts of heroism
- Richard Howland Hunt (1862-1931), American architect
- Joseph and William Hunt, American founders of Hunt's, a brand of preserved tomato products in 1888
- Everette "E." Howard Hunt Jr. (1918-2007), was an American intelligence officer and writer
- James Baxter "Jim" Hunt Jr. (b. 1937), American politician, 69th and 71st Governor of North Carolina (1977–1985, and 1993–2001)
- The Henning [also Hennin] and Duke Families of Louisville, Kentucky: Including Genealogical Material on the Following Families, Henning, Duke, Morgan, Hunt, Marshall, Randolph by Charles P. Stanton.
- Ambiguous Lives: Free Women of Color in Rural Georgia, 1789-1879 by Adele Logan Alexander.
- A History of the Hunt Family From the Norman Conquest, 1066 A.D. to the Year 1890: Early Settlement in Oregon: Mining Experience in California in 1849: Incidents of Pioneer Life and Adventures Among the Indian Tribes of the Northwest by G.W. Hunt.
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The Hunt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hunt 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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