Hilt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestors of the Hilt surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in the village of Ayott in the county of Hertfordshire. The surname Hilt can be translated as at the high-gate, a gate that led into a protected enclosure.  
However, two other sources claims the name was "derived from a geographical locality. 'Of High-gate,' corrupted to Hy-yate, and finally Hyett. Probably Highgate in London is referred to as the instances are mostly found in that locality."  
Early Origins of the Hilt family
The surname Hilt was first found in Hertfordshire at Ayot(t), of which there are two villages: Ayot(t) St. Lawrence, a parish, in the union of Welwyn, hundred of Broadwater; and Ayot(t) St. Peter, a parish, in the union of Welwyn, hundred of Broadwater. The Ayot(t) St. Lawrence "parish during the heptarchy, formed part of the possessions of the last of the Saxon monarchs; and a spot in the immediate vicinity, still called Dane End, commemorates a signal defeat of the Danes by King Ethelwulph."  Collectively the place names were listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Aiete. 
The first record of the family was actually found in Somerset, where John atte Hagheyate was listed 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) 
From this entry we found James Hyet listed in London in 1514, John Hyett in Worcester in 1539, and William Hiatt in Leicestershire in 1599. 
Early History of the Hilt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hilt research. Another 140 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1583, 1641, 1500, 1608, 1651, 1618, 1698, 1628, 1658, 1681, 1677, 1738, 1722, 1727, 1730, 1859 and 1943 are included under the topic Early Hilt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hilt Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hilt include Hyatt, Huyet, Hyett, Hyat, Hyet, Hytte and others.
Early Notables of the Hilt family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Walter Hoyt (Haite, Hayte, Hoit, Haight) (1618-1698) from West Hatch, Somerset, he emigrated to America in 1628 and became a founding settler of Norwalk, Connecticut and later served in the General Court of the Connecticut Colony between 1658 and 1681.
Charles Hyett (c. 1677-1738), of Painswick House, near Gloucester, Gloucestershire...
Another 56 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hilt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
In the United States, the name Hilt is the 10,349th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name.  However, in France, the name Hilt is ranked the 7,951st most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. 
Hilt migration to the United States +
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Hilt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Wilh Hilt, who arrived in America in 1705 
- Georg Hilt, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754 
- Peter Hilt, who landed in New England in 1760 
- John Hilt, who arrived in New England in 1761 
Hilt migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Hilt Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. William Hilt U.E. (b. 1752) who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1822 
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The Hilt Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fac et spera
Motto Translation: Do and hope.
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