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.

There are two very different origins of the word Hinton. First, it means "high (or chief) farmstead," from the Old English "heah" + "tun," and secondly it means "farmstead belonging to a religious community," from the Old English "hiwan" + "tun." [1]

From the many parishes found, the oldest is Hinton St. Mary, Dorset which was known in Saxon times as Hamtune in 944. [1]

Early Origins of the Hanton family

The surname Hanton was first found in the Domesday Book of 1086 where Robert de Hintona was listed. [2]

Years later, Thomas de Hyneton was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of 1230 in Dorset and later, Thomas Hynton was found in the Feet of Fines for Essex in 1385. [3]

The "Testa de Nevill, sive Liber Feodorum, temp. Henry III-Edward I" included some of the early entries for the family: Thomas de Hynton, Oxfordshire; Lucia de Hineton, Berkshire; and Matilda de Hinton, Middlesex.

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed John de Hinton, Cambridgeshire; and Roger de Hinton, Dorset. [4]

Early History of the Hanton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hanton research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1603, 1682, 1603, 1633, 1634, 1640, 1655, 1655 and 1664 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)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir John Hinton (1603?-1682), English Royalist, born in London about 1603. "On 10 April 1633 he entered Leyden University, where he probably proceeded M.D. He presented himself at the censor's board of the Royal College of Physicians on 6 February 1634, but, as he had not then been engaged in practice for the statutable period of four years, was not examined. On 7 November 1640 he again appeared at...
Another 77 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hanton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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 [5]
  • Carl Hanton, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1940 [5]
  • 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. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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