Show ContentsHext History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hext is a name of 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

The surname Hext was first found in 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.

Some of the family were found in nearby Cornwall from early times. "The estate of Trenarren, which was anciently denominated a manor, belonged to the priory of Tywardreath, to whom it was either given or confirmed by Robert de Cardinhan in the reign of Richard I. For several generations this estate has been in the family of Hext. The old mansion being in a decayed state, has been taken down, and another erected in its stead, by Thomas Hext, Esq. of Lostwithiel, who occasionally makes it the place of his residence." [1]

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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New Zealand Hext 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:

Hext Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Hext, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843

Contemporary Notables of the name Hext (post 1700) +

  • Billy Robert Hext (1939-2001), American politician, Mayor of Odessa, Texas, 2000 [2]
  • Alice Hext (d. 1939), English owner of Trebah, a 26-acre sub-tropical garden situated in Cornwall, from 1907 to her death in 1939. She served as Justice of the Peace from 1921 until 1939
  • Michael Hext, trombonist in the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and in 1978 the first ever winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition
  • Major General Frederick Maurice Hext, OBE, FRSA, Member Wessex RHB, Chairman Isle of Wight Group Hospital Management Committee

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Ronald Hext, British Ordnance Artificer 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and survived the sinking [3]

  1. Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from
  3. HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook