name Hat comes from when its first bearer worked as a person who made or sold hats. The surname Hat is derived from the Old English word hætt,
which means hat. Occupational
names frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational
surnames are called metonymic surnames.
The surname Hat may also be derived from residence by a hill, since the Old English word hætt,
also means hill.
Hathitch Farm and Hathouse Farm are both in Worcestershire
, and may be sources of the surname Hat.
Early Origins of the Hat family
The surname Hat was first found in Dorset
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 Hat family
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Hat Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hat include Hatt, Hat and others.
Early Notables of the Hat family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hat family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hat or a variant listed above: John Hatt who arrived in Virginia in 1652; Elizabeth Hatt arrived in Virginia in 1677; Thomas Hatt settled in Pennsylvania in 1682.