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Haytor History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Atlantic Ocean to the north and west and the English Channel to the south borders Cornwall, the homeland to the Haytor family name. Even though the usage of surnames was common during the Middle Ages, all English people were known only by a single name in early times. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. The Haytor family originally lived in Devon. Their name, however, is derived from the Old English word heah, which means hill or raised land.

Early Origins of the Haytor family


The surname Haytor was first found in Devon, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Haytor family


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Haytor Spelling Variations


Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Hayter, Haiter, Haytor, Hater and others.

Early Notables of the Haytor family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Haytor family to the New World and Oceana


The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Haytor: George Hayter, who sailed to Barbados between 1654 and 1663. In addition, John Hayter had settled in Tilton, Newfoundland by 1771; and John Haiter was recorded as a planter in Trinity, Newfoundland in 1830..

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