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Where did the English Hatcher family come from? What is the English Hatcher family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hatcher family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hatcher family history?

Hatcher is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived near a hatch or gate which in most cases led to a forest, but occasionally led to a sluice.The surname Hatcher is derived from the Old English word hcce, which means hatch. The surname Hatcher belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.


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 Hatcher family name include Hacher, Hatcher, Hatchers and others.

First found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Carby from very ancient times some say before the Norman Conquest by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hatcher research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1660, 1589, 1677, 1624, 1659, 1634, 1678 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Hatcher History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 121 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hatcher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, 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 Hatcher surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Hatcher Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John and Sarah Hatcher who settled in Virginia in 1636
  • Sarah Hatcher, who landed in virginia in 1636
  • William Hatcher, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Tho Hatcher, who arrived in Virginia in 1645
  • Thomas Hatcher settled in Virginia in 1645

Hatcher Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Saml Hatcher, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Nich Hatcher, who arrived in Virginia in 1718
  • George Hatcher settled in Virginia in 1739

Hatcher Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Hatcher settled in Harbour Grace in 1819
  • Phillip Hatcher settled in Hermitage Cove, Newfoundland in 1830
  • George Hatcher moved to Furby's Cove, Newfoundland in 1835
  • Benjamin Hatcher landed in Rose Blanche, Newfoundland in 1860

Hatcher Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Hatcher arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Mitchell" in 1840
  • John Hatcher, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Robert Hatcher, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Lysander"
  • John Hatcher, aged 43, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan"


  • Kevin John Hatcher (b. 1966), retired American professional NHL ice hockey defenseman
  • William Augustus Hatcher (b. 1960), American former Major League Baseball left and center fielder
  • John Hatcher, American nurseryman in Lantana, Florida who developed the Hatcher mango in the 1940s
  • John Bell Hatcher (1861-1904), American paleontologist, best known for discovering Torosaurus
  • Michael Vaughn "Mickey" Hatcher (b. 1955), American former Major League Baseball player and coach
  • Derian Hatcher (b. 1972), American former professional NHL ice hockey defenseman
  • Major-General Julian Sommerville Hatcher (1888-1963), American Chief of Ordnance Field Service (1943-1945)
  • Richard Gordon Hatcher (b. 1933), American politician and law professor who was elected mayor of Gary, Indiana in 1967, and he remained in office for the next 20 years
  • Bill Hatcher (b. 1959), American adventure photographer whose work has appeared on over 40 magazine covers
  • Teri Lynn Hatcher (b. 1964), American Golden Globe Award and three-time Screen Actors Guild Award winning, Primetime Emmy nominated actress, best known for her role as Lois Lane on the ABC comedy-drama series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman


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  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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The Hatcher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hatcher Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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