Hockett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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.
Early Origins of the Hockett family
The surname Hockett was 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.
They were also granted lands in counties Carlow, Kildare and one branch moved into Connacht where "they formed a distinct if small sept which was known as MacHackett, their seat being Castle Hackett, six miles south-east of Tuam." 
They were originally from Harcourt in Normandy and their name appears on the Honour Roll of the Battell Abbey as being present at the Battle of Hastings. The Hackets of Niton on the Isle of Wight were descendants of Haket on the Battle Abbey Roll.
Dominus Paganus de Haket, another soldier at Hastings accompanied Henry II to Ireland where he acquired broad lands and seigneuries there.  This latter gentleman would become the progenitor of the family in Ireland which often included "parliamentary Barons, and potent Magnates in the sister kingdom."
Important Dates for the Hockett family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hockett research. Another 54 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1195, 1676, 1601, 1625, 1626 and 1566 are included under the topic Early Hockett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hockett Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Hockett family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family up to this time was Peter Hackett, Archbishop of Cashell; John-Baptist Hackett (Hacket, Hacquet, Hecquet) (died 1676), Irish theologian born at Fethard, County Tipperary; and Humphrey Haggett (born 1601), an...
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Hockett migration to the United States
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 
Contemporary Notables of the name Hockett (post 1700)
- 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 
- Seth Hockett Ellis (1830-1904), American politician, Candidate for Governor of Ohio, 1892 (Prohibition), 1899; Union Reform Candidate for President of the United States, 1900
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