Show ContentsHallet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Hallet family has descended from the ancient Anglo-Saxon word "haletta," meaning "one who is hailed or greeted-a hero, an eminent man." [1]

Other sources claim the name came from the expression "of the hall head" [2] or "dweller at the Hall-Head land." [3]

Early Origins of the Hallet family

The surname Hallet 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 Hallet family

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Hallet Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hallet family name include Hallett, Hallet, Hollett, Hollet, Hollitt and many more.

Early Notables of the Hallet family

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...
  • His eldest son, Joseph Hallett or Hallet (1691?-1744), was a nonconformist minister and was born at Exeter in 1691 or 1692. [4]

United States Hallet migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Hallet surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Hallet Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Andrew Hallet, who settled in Virginia in 1620
  • Andrew Hallet, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1637 [5]
Hallet Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George Hallet, aged 23, who arrived in New York in 1706 [5]
Hallet Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • T L Hallet, who landed in Mobile, AIa in 1821 [5]
  • William Hallet, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [5]

Canada Hallet migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hallet Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Lt. Daniel Hallet U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in DeLancey's 2nd Battalion [6]
  • Mr. Joseph Hallet U.E. born in Long Island, New York, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [6]
  • Mr. Moses Hallet U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [6]
  • Capt. Samuel Hallet U.E. born in Long Island, New York, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in DeLancey's 2nd Battalion [6]
  • Mr. Samuel Hallet Jr., U.E. born in Long Island, New York, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [6]

New Zealand Hallet migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hallet Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Hallet, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840

Contemporary Notables of the name Hallet (post 1700) +

  • Hallet H. Kessler, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1944 [7]

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  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from on Facebook