Hatton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hatton is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Hatton 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. [1] 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 Hatton family

The surname Hatton 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." [2]

Early History of the Hatton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hatton research. Another 122 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1540, 1591, 1546, 1555, 1583, 1658, 1621, 1622, 1624, 1625, 1628, 1629, 1640, 1682, 1674, 1605, 1670, 1632, 1706, 1701, 1783 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Hatton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hatton Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Hatton, Hattons, Hattyn, Hattins, Hattans and others.

Early Notables of the Hatton 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. "He was the second son of William Hatton of Holdenby, Northamptonshire, who died in 1546. The family was old, and claimed, though on doubtful evidence, to be of Norman lineage. Hatton was entered at St. Mary Hall, Oxford, probably about 1555, as a gentleman-commoner." [3] Sir Thomas Hatton, 1st Baronet (c.1583-1658), was an English politician, Member of Parliament for Corfe...
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Ireland Migration of the Hatton family to Ireland

Some of the Hatton 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.


United States Hatton migration to the United States +

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Hatton name or one of its variants:

Hatton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Hatton who settled in Virginia in 1613
  • Olive Hatton, who arrived in Virginia in 1620 [4]
  • Jeffery Hatton, who landed in Virginia in 1636 [4]
  • Jon Hatton, who landed in Virginia in 1638 [4]
  • Tho Hatton, who landed in Virginia in 1638 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hatton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Giles Hatton, who settled in America in 1706
  • Alexander Hatton, who arrived in Virginia in 1717 [4]
  • Lettice Hatton, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1729-1730 [4]
  • William Hatton, who settled in Maryland in 1775
Hatton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Eliza Hatton, aged 45, who landed in South Carolina in 1812 [4]
  • Marian Hatton, aged 16, who arrived in South Carolina in 1812 [4]

Canada Hatton migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hatton Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Etiennette Hatton, who landed in Montreal in 1659
Hatton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Henry Hatton, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1806 [5]
  • George Hatton, who landed in Pictou, Nova Scotia and moved to Newfoundland where he was married in St. John's in 1847 [5]

Australia Hatton migration to Australia +

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

Hatton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Hatton, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. Henry Hatton, English convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Caledonia" in 19th June 1822, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [7]
  • William Hatton, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [8]
  • Mary Hatton, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [9]
  • Mr. John Hatton who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 4th August 1836, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Hatton 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:

Hatton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Hatton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 3rd January 1843 [11]
  • J. Hatton, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Agra" in 1852
  • Mrs. Emily Hatton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Egmont" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th June 1858 [12]
  • Miss Louisa Hatton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Egmont" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th June 1858 [12]
  • Miss Maria Hatton, (b. 1841), aged 22, British domestic servant travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship " Lancashire Witch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th October 1863 [12]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Hatton (post 1700) +

  • Raymond Robert "Ray" Hatton (1932-2015), English-born, American educator, author, and well known long-distance runner, inducted into the USATF Masters Hall of Fame in 2001
  • Rondo Hatton (1894-1946), American actor, known for playing thuggish bit parts in many Hollywood B-movies
  • Raymond William Hatton (1887-1971), American silent movie actor who appeared in almost five hundred movies
  • Julian Burroughs Hatton III (b. 1956), American landscape abstract artist
  • Grady Edgebert Hatton Jr. (1922-2013), American Major League Baseball player, coach, manager and executive
  • Joyce Hatton, American Republican politician, Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1959, 1963; Candidate for Michigan State Board of Education, 1964 [13]
  • John T. Hatton, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 35th District, 1895-96 [13]
  • Gono Hatton, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Ashford, 1906 [13]
  • Frank Hatton (1846-1894), American Republican politician, U.S. Postmaster General, 1884-85 [13]
  • F. F. Hatton, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Sedalia, Missouri, 1921 [13]
  • ... (Another 17 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Hatton Motto +

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: Nil conscire sibi
Motto Translation: To have a conscience free from guilt.


Suggested Readings for the name Hatton +

  • 2852 Descendants of John Simmons and the Allied Families if Hatton, McGrew, Sherwood, Linthicum and Cathcart by Ruth Maxwell Graham.

  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 30th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/caledonia
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1835 with 132 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1835
  10. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bengal-merchant
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  13. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 5) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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