Hatchett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Strongbownians added their own naming traditions to the eastern region of Ireland to which they arrived. The impact of this new tradition was not extremely disruptive to the pre-existing Irish tradition because the two had many similarities. Both cultures made significant use of hereditary surnames. And like the Irish, the Strongbownians often used prefixes to build patronymic surnames, which are names based on the given name of the initial bearer's father or another older relative. Strongbow's followers often created names that were built with the prefix Fitz-, which was derived from the French word fils, and ultimately from the Latin filius, both of which mean son. They also used diminutive suffixes such as -ot, -et, -un, -in, or -el, and occasionally even two suffixes combined to form a double diminutive such as -el-in, -el-ot, -in-ot, and -et-in, to build patronymic names. The surname Hatchett is derived from the medieval given names Hack or Hake. These English names were derived from the Old Norse name Haki, which is a cognate of the English name Hook and was originally given to someone with a hunched figure or a hooked nose. Before being imported to Ireland, the surname Hatchett was chiefly popular in the western midlands of England. The Gaelic form of the name Hatchett is Haicéid.
Early Origins of the Hatchett family
The surname Hatchett was first found in County Kilkenny (Irish: Cill Chainnigh), the former Kingdom of Osraige (Ossory), located in Southeastern Ireland in the province of Leinster, where they had been granted lands by Strongbow for their assistance in the invasion of Ireland in 1172.
They were also granted lands in counties Carlow, Kildare and one branch moved into Connacht where "they formed a distinct if small sept which was known as MacHackett, their seat being Castle Hackett, six miles south-east of Tuam." 
They were originally from Harcourt in Normandy and their name appears on the Honour Roll of the Battell Abbey as being present at the Battle of Hastings. "The Hackets of Niton on the Isle of Wight were descendants of Haket on the Battle Abbey Roll. The eventual heiress, Agnes, dau. of John Hackett, Esq. of Niton, m. John Lye, Esq., of Dorsetshire, and was mother of Anne Lye, wife of Sir James Woraley, constable of Carisbrook Castle." 
"Dominus Paganus de Haket, another soldier at Hastings accompanied Henry II to Ireland where he acquired broad lands and seigneuries there; and his descendants, generation after generation, were parliamentary Barons, and potent Magnates in the sister kingdom. "
Early History of the Hatchett family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hatchett research. Another 54 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1195, 1676, 1601, 1625, 1626, 1566, 1592, 1670, 1592, 1559 and 1621 are included under the topic Early Hatchett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hatchett Spelling Variations
It was found during an investigation of the origins of the name Hatchett that church officials and medieval scribes often spelled the name as it sounded. This practice lead to a single person's being documented under many spelling variations. The name Hatchett has existed in the various shapes: Hackett, Hackert, Hacket, Halkett and others.
Early Notables of the Hatchett family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family up to this time was Peter Hackett, Archbishop of Cashell; John-Baptist Hackett (Hacket, Hacquet, Hecquet) (died 1676), Irish theologian born at Fethard, County Tipperary; and Humphrey Haggett (born 1601), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1625 and 1626.
John Securis (fl. 1566) was a medical writer, born in England. His name was a Latinized version of the surname Hatchett. 
John Hacket (1592-1670), was Bishop...
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In the United States, the name Hatchett is the 3,932nd most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. 
| Hatchett migration to the United States ||+|
In the 1840s, Ireland experienced a mass exodus to North America due to the Great Potato Famine. These families wanted to escape from hunger and disease that was ravaging their homeland. With the promise of work, freedom and land overseas, the Irish looked upon British North America and the United States as a means of hope and prosperity. Those that survived the journey were able to achieve this through much hard work and perseverance. Early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Hatchett:
Hatchett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Elizabeth Hatchett, who landed in Virginia in 1642 
Hatchett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- James Hatchett, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 
Hatchett Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- John Hatchett, aged 17, arrived in New York City, New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Thorvald Halverson" from Bergen, Norway 
- Peter Hatchett, aged 40, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Bar Harbor" from Havana, Cuba 
- William A. Hatchett, originally from Portsmouth, arrived in New York City, New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Royal George" from Southampton, England 
| Hatchett migration to Australia ||+|
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Hatchett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Joseph Hatchett, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia 
- Mr. Samuel Hatchett, English convict who was convicted in Devizes, Wiltshire, England for 15 years, transported aboard the "Cressy" on 28th April 1843, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) 
|Contemporary Notables of the name Hatchett (post 1700) ||+|
- Joseph Woodrow Hatchett (1932-2021), American jurist, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (1996-1999)
- W. Russell Hatchett, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1948 
- Truly Hatchett, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1956 
- Thomas M. Hatchett, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1916 
- Thomas Henry Hatchett (b. 1865), American Democratic Party politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Caswell County, 1913-14 
- Mrs. Roy Hatchett, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1944 
- Mrs. R. L. Hatchett Jr., American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1952 
- Ed Hatchett, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1996 
- Charles K. Hatchett, American politician, Representative from Kentucky 1st District, 1988 
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Spes mea Deus
Motto Translation: God is my hope.
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- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QG-92G : 6 December 2014), John Hatchett, 01 Mar 1919; citing departure port Bergen, Norway, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Thorvald Halverson, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6WK-6P1 : 6 December 2014), Peter Hatchett, 01 Nov 1919; citing departure port Havana, Cuba, arrival port New York, ship name Bar Harbor, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J647-WNR : 6 December 2014), William A. Hatchett, 01 Oct 1919; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Royal George, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
- ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 21st May 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/cressy
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