Hartt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture once found in Britain is the soil from which the many generations of the Hartt family have grown. This surname comes was also derived form the Old English word "heorot," which meant "stag." [1] The original bearer of this name most likely was known by this nicknames due to some traits or attributes that seemed "stag-like." There are many folk tales, myths and legends which portrayed animals behaving as humans.

Early Origins of the Hartt family

The surname Hartt was first found in Oxfordshire, where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Amicia le Hurt; Thomas le Hurt; and Hugh le Hurt as all holding lands there at that time. [1]

"In the reign of Edward I. Hurt was a common name in Oxfordshire, and it was also represented then in Lincolnshire and Devonshire." [2]

However, another source notes Aelfric Hort was living in Hampshire c. 1060 and in this case, he would have been a Saxon as this was before the Norman Conquest in 1066. He continues: Roger Hert was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Norfolk in 1166, Reginald Hurt was a Templar from Bedfordshire in 1185, Simon le Hert was listed in the Feet of Fines for Kent in 1197, Godrich le Hurt was listed in Berkshire in 1220, and finally Richard Hort was listed in the Assize Rolls of Warwickshire in 1221. [3]

Early History of the Hartt family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hartt research. Another 124 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1633, 1595, 1602, 1609, 1461, 1674, 1751, 1674, 1690 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Hartt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hartt Spelling Variations

Hartt has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Hartt have been found, including Hurt, Hurte and others.

Early Notables of the Hartt family (pre 1700)

Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hartt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hartt migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Hartts to arrive on North American shores:

Hartt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Josias Hartt, who arrived in Virginia in 1622 [4]
  • Isacke Hartt, aged 22, who landed in New England in 1637 [4]
  • John Hartt, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682 [4]
Hartt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Nicklaus Hartt, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1742 [4]
Hartt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Thompson Hartt, who landed in New York, NY in 1826 [4]
  • Gustavus Hartt, who arrived in Texas in 1835 [4]

Canada Hartt migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hartt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Michael Hartt, aged 33, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Mick Hartt, aged 23, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Thomas Hartt, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Patrick Hartt, aged 25, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Preston" from Sligo, Ireland

Australia Hartt migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hartt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Hartt, aged 18, a tailor, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Clara"
  • Mary Hartt, aged 23, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Clara"
  • Mary Hartt, aged 45, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Clara"

Contemporary Notables of the name Hartt (post 1700) +

  • Julius Hartt (b. 1920), American co-founder of the Hartt School, West Hartford, Connecticut
  • Brian Hartt, American three-time Primetime Emmy nominated writer
  • Charles Frederick Hartt (1840-1878), Canadian-born, American geologist, paleontologist and naturalist
  • Stanley Herbert Hartt (b. 1937), Canadian labour lawyer, lecturer, businessman, and civil servant
  • Samuel Hartt Pook (1827-1901), American naval architect of clipper ships
  • Hartt Partridge Wixom (b. 1933), retired American writer


  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. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ 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)


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