Hanton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hanton is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived in the parish of Hinton in the diocese of Salisbury, Winchester, Oxford, Peterborough, Bath and Wells.

Early Origins of the Hanton family

The surname Hanton was first found in Cumberland 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.

Important Dates for the Hanton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hanton research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hanton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hanton 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 Hanton family name include Hinton, Hynton, Hintone and others.

Early Notables of the Hanton family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Hanton family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, 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 Hanton surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Elizabeth, Elias, Joane, John Hinton all settled in Virginia in 1623; James Hinton settled in Maryland in 1774; Timothy and William Hinton settled in New England in 1774..

Contemporary Notables of the name Hanton (post 1700)

  • David Hanton Jr. (b. 1910), American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Port Huron, Michigan, 1935 [1]
  • Carl Hanton, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1940 [1]
  • Colin Leo Hanton (b. 1938), English drummer for The Quarrymen, which would later evolve into The Beatles
  • Alex Hanton (1922-2011), former Australian rules footballer who played with Carlton in 1946, twin brother of Hal Hanton, each died 9 days apart
  • Hal Hanton (1922-2011), former Australian rules footballer


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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