Halat History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Halat first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in the county of Kent where they were known as the dwellers at the hall or manor. [1]

Early Origins of the Halat family

The surname Halat was first found in Kent 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 History of the Halat family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Halat research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1690, 1628, 1689, 1628, 1652, 1652, 1656, 1722, 1656, 1683, 1687, 1713, 1691, 1744, 1691 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Halat History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Halat Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Halat has appeared include Hallett, Hallet, Hollett, Hollet, Hollitt and many more.

Early Notables of the Halat family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Joseph Hallett or Halet (1628?-1689), an English ejected minister, "born at Bridport, Dorsetshire, about 1628. He became by his own exertions a good Greek scholar and proficient in Hebrew. In 1652 he was ‘called to the work of the ministry’ at Hinton St. George, Somersetshire, a sequestered living, and was ordained to this charge on 28 Oct. 1652 in St. Thomas's Church, Salisbury, by the ‘classical presbytery of Sarum.’ " [2] His son, Joseph...
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Migration of the Halat family

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Halat arrived in North America very early: John Hallett who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife and five children and their servants (see above); Andrew Hallett settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635.


Contemporary Notables of the name Halat (post 1700) +

  • Pete Halat, American former mayor of Biloxi, Mississippi who was convicted for conspiracy in 1997


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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