Hexte History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Hexte family

The surname Hexte was first found in Devon and or Cornwall. "It may also be of Cornish origin, for Tonkin derives Hexworthy, the name of a barton in Lanwhitton or Lawhitton, from hesk, hesken, a reed or bulrush; and Hext may be derived from a plural, perhaps heskydd." [1]

"This surname is derived from a nickname. 'the highest'; Anglo-Saxon hext,' highest' " [2]

In Somerset, Nicholas Exte and Walter Hexte were both listed there 1 Edward III (during the first year of the reign of King Edward III) [3]

Early History of the Hexte family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hexte research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1091, 1399, 1538, 1327, 1455, 1487, 1600, 1665, 1631 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Hexte History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hexte Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hexte have been found, including Hexte, Hext, Heckst, Hekst, Exte, Ext, Eckst and others.

Early Notables of the Hexte family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Hexte family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Hexte, or a variant listed above: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..



  1. ^ Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.


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