Hatem History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Hatem is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Hatem family lived in Hatton, Cheshire. Another derivation of the name suggests that it comes from the Germanic personal name Hatto, which is composed of the element hadu, which means strife or contention.  Although both are valid, time has confused the two definitions and historians now disagree on which is valid in any individual case.
Early Origins of the Hatem family
The surname Hatem was first found in Cheshire where this "noble family were descended from Sir Adam Hatton, of Hatton, county Cheshire, grandson of Wulfrid, brother of Nigel, who was lord of Halton in the same county, by gift of Hugh Lupus, Earl of Chester, soon after the Conquest." 
Important Dates for the Hatem family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hatem research. Another 122 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1540, 1591, 1583, 1658, 1621, 1622, 1624, 1625, 1628, 1629, 1640, 1682, 1674, 1605, 1670, 1632 and 1706 are included under the topic Early Hatem History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hatem Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Hatem are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Hatem include Hatton, Hattons, Hattyn, Hattins, Hattans and others.
Early Notables of the Hatem family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Christopher Hatton KG (1540-1591), an English politician, Lord Chancellor of England and a favourite of Elizabeth I of England; Sir Thomas Hatton, 1st Baronet (c.1583-1658), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Corfe Castle (1621-1622), Malmesbury (1624-1625), and Stamford (1628-1629) and 1640...
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Migration of the Hatem family to Ireland
Some of the Hatem family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 70 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hatem family
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Hatem, or a variant listed above: John Hatton who settled in Virginia in 1613; seven years before the "Mayflower"; Charles Hatton settled in Barbados in 1680; Robert Hatton settled in Surinam in 1678.
Contemporary Notables of the name Hatem (post 1700)
- Richard Hatem (b. 1966), American television and film screenwriter and producer
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- ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.