Hatch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the bearers of the Hatch family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in one of the settlements named Hatch in the counties of Bedfordshire, Hampshire, Somerset, or Wiltshire, or from residence near a hatch or gate which in most cases led to a forest but occasionally led to a sluice. In the latter case, the surname Hatch is derived from the Old English word hæcce, which means hatch or gatekeeper.

The name means "dweller by the gate or entrance to a forest; one who came from Hatch (gate), the name of several places in England." [1] Another source notes the name is derived from "a kind of door or floodgate. These ancient stops or hatches consisted of sundry great stakes and piles erected by fishermen in the river Thames or other streams, for their better convenience of securing fish. Also, a term for gates leading to deer—parks or forests." [2]

"At-Hache and De la Hacche are found in the Hundredorum Rolls. Hache in Domesday appears as a personal name." [3]

Early Origins of the Hatch family

The surname Hatch was first found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 where early records of the family include: Richard de la Hacche, Wiltshire; Agnes apud Hache, Oxfordshire; and John atte Hache, Oxfordshire. The same rolls also listed the name was a forename as in Hache de Wolmersti, Lincolnshire and Hacca filius Pictavini, Lincolnshire. [4]

In Somerset, the first record of the family was Thomas Hach, 1 Edward III (during the first year of the reign of Edward III.) [5]

Early History of the Hatch family

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Hatch 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 Hatch include Hatch, Hacch and others.

Early Notables of the Hatch family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Hatch family to Ireland

Some of the Hatch family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hatch migration to the United States +

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 Hatch or a variant listed above:

Hatch Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Hatch, who settled in Virginia in 1619
  • Rebecca Hatch, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Rebecca Hatch, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [6]
  • Phillip Hatch, who settled in Maine in 1630
  • William Hatch, with his wife and five children settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1634
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hatch Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Rota Hatch, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [6]
  • Mary Hatch, who landed in Virginia in 1717 [6]
Hatch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Captain Hatch, who arrived in San Francisco in 1850
  • Alfred Hatch, who landed in Indiana in 1850 [6]
  • Charles Hatch, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [6]
  • Ignacio Hatch, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [6]
  • James Hatch, who landed in Arkansas in 1897 [6]

Canada Hatch migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hatch Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Capt. Christopher Hatch U.E. born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in the Loyal American Regiment [7]
  • Mr. Haws Hatch U.E., "Harris" born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1797 in Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA [7]
Hatch Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Chester Hatch, who landed in Canada in 1829

Australia Hatch migration to Australia +

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

Hatch Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Hatch, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [8]
  • Miss Jane Hatch, (b. 1836), aged 18, Cornish farm hand departing from Plymouth on 11th January 1854 aboard the ship "Merchantman" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 29th April 1854 [9]
  • Mary Hatch, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Sea Park"

New Zealand Hatch migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hatch Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • George Hatch, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Canute" in 1867
  • William Hatch, aged 28, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Readman" in 1872
  • Sarah Hatch, aged 28, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Readman" in 1872
  • Elizabeth Hatch, aged 7, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Readman" in 1872
  • Edward Hatch, aged 2, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Readman" in 1872
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Hatch (post 1700) +

  • Norris Hatch, American politician, First Selectman of New Fairfield, Connecticut, 1911
  • Moses P. Hatch, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Oswego County 1st District, 1851; Member of New York State Senate 20th District, 1851
  • Manfred A. Hatch, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Killingworth, 1926
  • Laverne Hatch (b. 1869), American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Jackson County 2nd District, 1933-34, 1937-38
  • Junius Hopkins Hatch (1791-1869), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County, 1821-22
  • Joseph R. Hatch, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from New Fairfield; Elected 1902, 1904
  • Joseph Hatch, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Utah, 2004
  • Johnson C. Hatch, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Washington, 1831
  • John K. Hatch, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 1st District, 1843-45
  • John Hatch, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 22nd District, 1885-86
  • ... (Another 88 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Hugh Hatch (d. 1912), aged 22, English Scullion from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [10]


Suggested Readings for the name Hatch +

  • 1323 The Hatch Family: Descendants of Lewis Hatch of Lee, Massachusetts and Granville, New York from Thomas Hatch of Barnstable, Massachusetts; Early Families of Washington County, New York by Azuba Ruth Ward.

  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  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. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  9. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  10. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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