The name Hants is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of the Britain and comes from the baptismal name for the son of John.
The given name John was originally derived from the Dutch Hans
As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.
Early Origins of the Hants family
The surname Hants was first found in Cheshire
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 Hants family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hants research.Another 296 words (21 lines of text) covering the year 1200 is included under the topic Early Hants History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hants Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Hants has been spelled many different ways, including Hand, Hands and others.
Early Notables of the Hants family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hants family to Ireland
Some of the Hants family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 157 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hants family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hantss to arrive in North America:
Hants Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Philip Hants, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1730 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Hants Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Samuel Hants, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"