Hiott History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Hiott date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the village of Ayott in the county of Hertfordshire. The surname Hiott can be translated as at the high-gate, a gate that led into a protected enclosure.

Early Origins of the Hiott family

The surname Hiott 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." [1] Collectively the place names were listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Aiete. [2]

Important Dates for the Hiott family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hiott research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1618, 1698, 1628, 1658, 1681, 1677, 1738, 1722, 1727, 1730, 1859 and 1943 are included under the topic Early Hiott History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hiott Spelling Variations

Hiott has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Hiott have been found, including Hyatt, Huyet, Hyett, Hyat, Hyet, Hytte and others.

Early Notables of the Hiott family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Walter Hoyt (Haite, Hayte, Hoit, Haight) (1618-1698) from West Hatch, Somerset, he came 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 Hiott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hiott family

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Hiotts to arrive on North American shores: Michael Huyet, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1749; Jane Hyatt settled in Virginia in 1663; Samuel Hyatt settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife and servants.

Contemporary Notables of the name Hiott (post 1700)

  • Davey Hiott, American Republican Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives
  • Debbie Hiott, American editor of the Austin American-Statesman, a major daily newspaper for Austin, Texas

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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