The name Hexeter is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in Exeter
, a town in Devon
. The town of Exeter
has been around for a very long time; it was first listed in Roman records as Iska c. 150. Documents dated around AD 900 call it Exanceaster. In the Domesday Book
(1086), it was called Execestre. The place-name is derived from the Celtic word exe,
which means water, and the Old English word ceaster,
which meant Roman fort. The Romans
first invaded the British Isles in AD 44, landing at Thanet and soon subduing all of the English tribes. They remained in control for two or three centuries, leaving an indelible mark upon the face of England
. Town names like Bath are directly attributable to the period of Roman occupation
, and it was uncommon but not rare for someone to stumble over remains of the Roman occupation
in medieval England.
Early Origins of the Hexeter family
The surname H Exeter
was first found in Devon
, at the historic city of Exeter
, the home of Rougemont Castle who many believe was ordered to be built by William the Conqueror after the city led a revolt of his authority in 1068. After 18 days of siege, this city finally surrendered and sore an oath not to harm the city or increase its ancient tribute.
Early History of the Hexeter family
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Hexeter Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Hexeter are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. 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. The variations of the name Hexeter include: Hexter, Hexeter, Exeter, Exter and others.
Early Notables of the Hexeter family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the H Exeter family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Hexeter or a variant listed above: Fred Exter, who settled in Illinois in 1852 and David Hexter, who settled in Arkansas in 1882.