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Where did the Irish Hockett family come from? What is the Irish Hockett family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hockett family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hockett family history?

The Strongbownians added their own naming traditions to the eastern region of Ireland to which they arrived. The impact of this new tradition was not extremely disruptive to the pre-existing Irish tradition because the two had many similarities. Both cultures made significant use of hereditary surnames. And like the Irish, the Strongbownians often used prefixes to build patronymic surnames, which are names based on the given name of the initial bearer's father or another older relative. Strongbow's followers often created names that were built with the prefix Fitz-, which was derived from the French word fils, and ultimately from the Latin filius, both of which mean son. They also used diminutive suffixes such as -ot, -et, -un, -in, or -el, and occasionally even two suffixes combined to form a double diminutive such as -el-in, -el-ot, -in-ot, and -et-in, to build patronymic names. The surname Hockett is derived from the medieval given names Hack or Hake. These English names were derived from the Old Norse name Haki, which is a cognate of the English name Hook and was originally given to someone with a hunched figure or a hooked nose. Before being imported to Ireland, the surname Hockett was chiefly popular in the western midlands of England. The Gaelic form of the name Hockett is Haicéid.


It was found during an investigation of the origins of the name Hockett that church officials and medieval scribes often spelled the name as it sounded. This practice lead to a single person's being documented under many spelling variations. The name Hockett has existed in the various shapes: Hackett, Hackert, Hacket, Halkett and others.

First found in County Kilkenny (Irish: Cill Chainnigh), the former Kingdom of Osraige (Ossory), located in Southeastern Ireland in the province of Leinster, where they had been granted lands by Strongbow for their assistance in the invasion of Ireland in 1172.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hockett research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1195, 1676, 1601, 1625 and 1626 are included under the topic Early Hockett History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 75 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hockett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


In the 1840s, Ireland experienced a mass exodus to North America due to the Great Potato Famine. These families wanted to escape from hunger and disease that was ravaging their homeland. With the promise of work, freedom and land overseas, the Irish looked upon British North America and the United States as a means of hope and prosperity. Those that survived the journey were able to achieve this through much hard work and perseverance. Early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Hockett:

Hockett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Elizabeth Hockett, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • Mary Hockett, who landed in Virginia in 1653

Hockett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Hockett, who arrived in Virginia in 1704


  • Jesse Hockett (1983-2010), nicknamed "The Rocket", an American sprint car racer
  • Oris Leon Hockett (1909-1969), American Major League Baseball outfielder who played from 1938 through 1945
  • Charles Francis Hockett (1916-2000), American linguist
  • Curtis Hockett, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 15th District, 1935-36


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: Spes mea Deus
Motto Translation: God is my hope.


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The Hockett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hockett Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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