Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to a a tall and lanky person. In Old English, the word hext referred to someone who was tall. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.
Early Origins of the Hext family
Devon where the name derived from the Anglo Saxon Hexta or Hext meaning "the highest." The family name emerged at Kingston in Devon where they were Lords of the manor for many centuries.
Early History of the Hext family
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Hext Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Hext were recorded, including Hexta, Hext, Heckst and others.
Early Notables of the Hext family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hext family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Hext Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Hext (post 1700)
Historic Events for the Hext family
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