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

The ancestry of the name Huyett dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the village of Ayott in the county of Hertfordshire. The surname Huyett can be translated as at the high-gate, a gate that led into a protected enclosure.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Huyett have been found, including Hyatt, Huyet, Hyett, Hyat, Hyet, Hytte and others.

First found in Hertfordshire 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Huyett research. Another 167 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1618, 1698, 1628, 1658 and 1681 are included under the topic Early Huyett History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 79 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Huyett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Huyett, or a variant listed above:

Huyett Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Geo Huyett, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1734
  • Franc Carl Huyett, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Peter Huyett, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Mich Huyett, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749

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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: Fac et spera
Motto Translation: Do and hope.

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