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Haun is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Haun family lived in Haughton, Cheshire. The name of this place derives from the Old English word halh, which means nook or recess, and tun, which means village or settlement. There are numerous places son named in England and an individual case of the name may derive from any of those locations.


The surname Haun was first found in Cheshire at Haughton (or Haughton Moss), a village and civil parish. This village is by far the largest of the listings of the place name in England. Looking back further, there are at least three listings of the place name Haughton in the Domesday Book in its earliest forms: Hoctum in Nottinghamshire; Haustone in Shropshire; and Halstone or Haltone in Staffordshire. [1] Today Haughton Castle is a privately owned country mansion near the village of Humshaugh, Northumberland and dates back to the 13th century when it was a tower house. It was enlarged and fortified in the 14th century. By the 16th century, the castle had fallen into ruin but by the early 19th century the ruins were converted into the mansion it is today. Houghton Hall is a country house in Norfolk, England built for British Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole.

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Haun have been found, including Haughton, Houghton, Hoctor, Hector and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haun research. Another 343 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1114, 1130, 1605, 1691, 1720 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Haun History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Haun Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Haun family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Haun were among those contributors:

Haun Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henrich Haun, who landed in Pennsylvarda in 1754
  • Johan Peter Haun, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754
  • Henry Haun, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1758

Haun Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christ Haun, who arrived in Texas in 1845
  • Adolph Haun who arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1846
  • Adolf Haun, who landed in Texas in 1846

Haun Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Masia Haun, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757


  • Christopher Alexander "Alex" Haun (1821-1861), American potter who during the American Civil War was executed by the Confederate States of America for participation in the East Tennessee bridge-burning conspiracy
  • Lindsey Haun (b. 1984), American Young Artist Award nominated actress and singer best known for her role as Hadley on the HBO television series True Blood
  • Jeremy Haun, American freelance comic book artist
  • Jimmy Carey Haun, American lead guitarist, known for his work with the bands Yes, Air Supply, and Circa
  • Henry Peter Haun (1815-1860), American politician, United States Senator from California (1859-1860)
  • Henry Peter Haun (1815-1860), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Iowa State Constitutional Convention from Clinton County, 1846; State Court Judge in California, 1851; U.S. Senator from California, 1859-60
  • Gilbert Haun, American Democrat politician, Chair of Washington County Democratic Party, 1950
  • David L. Haun, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 15th District, 1861-62
  • Carl B. Haun, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1932


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: Malgre le tort
Motto Translation: Despite the wrong.


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. 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.
  6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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The Haun Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Haun 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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